Troye Sivan responds to backlash over Kim Petras’ comments about Dr Luke

Sivan said he was "troubled" by Petras' original comments, but his recent conversations with her have shown him "where her heart is"

Troye Sivan has responded to the backlash he received from fans for inviting Kim Petras to open for him on his upcoming tour, saying that he has since addressed her controversial comments about Dr Luke with her and that he has been “eased” by Petras’ subsequent statement of apology.

Sivan’s decision to ask Petras to support him on his upcoming tour has come under fire from a large section of his fanbase, with many pointing to an interview Petras gave to NME where she appeared to support Dr Luke, who she has collaborated with on a number of occasions. The producer has been in the public eye since 2014 for his ongoing legal battle with Kesha.

“I would like my fans to know that I wouldn’t work with somebody I believe to be an abuser of women, definitely not,” she told NME after speaking about her experiences of working with Dr Luke.

Petras issued a statement on her Twitter on Friday (June 1) in an effort to clarify those comments, saying that her remarks about working with Dr Luke “do not negate or dismiss the experience of others or suggest that multiple perspectives cannot exist at once”.

Sivan addressed the issue with a lengthy statement overnight, where he explained his initial reasons for inviting Petras on tour and admitting that he hadn’t read her comments about Dr Luke before he made that decision.

“I since have read them and was troubled by them, like you,” he wrote. “The opinions communicated in these interviews don’t align with my personal values or the values of the tour.”

Sivan also revealed that he has spoken to Petras in the wake of the backlash, remarking that she “showed me where her heart is, and that she is growing and changing like the rest of us.

“I have always said that it’s how you grow and learn from your mistakes that truly matters, and I want to treat Kim the same way I’d like to be treated when my inevitable big mess up comes.”

Last month, Sivan admitted that he didn’t want to be considered a “gay icon” as there are “plenty of other people who need to be heard first.”