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Troye Sivan Says He Received 'Death Threats' Over TikTok About Stray Kids’ Hyunjin

27 July 2023 | 11:10 am | Jessie Lynch

"I am pulling the brakes on that."

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Troye Sivan has revealed he received “death threats” after making a TikTok video about Stray Kids member Hyunjin.

ICYMI: Last month, the Rush singer posted uploaded a TikTok compilation vid of Hyunjin set to the tune of his latest track alongside the caption: “Anyone know how to reach this man :///“


Anyone know how to reach this man :///

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The duo had apparently previously met at Dua Lipa and Versace’s La Vacanza fashion show in Cannes earlier this year.

Sivan later took to TikTok again to declare that it was the last time he would “publicly crush” on a K-pop star, adding jokingly that he “almost got murdered”.

Now, in a new interview with Apple Music, Sivan elaborated on the wild response to his video, saying, “I’m even nervous to talk about it now. I thought he was super, super, super sweet and, obviously, so beautiful. And then I deep-dived and was like, ‘this guy is insanely talented’.”

“I put up this cute TikTok – I thought. I got a lot of nice messages, like, a lot of people being like, ‘this is cute’, but I also got a lot of death threats and stuff like that. So, I am pulling the brakes on that,” said Sivan.

Asked in he would ever consider linking up with Hyunjin for a collaboration, the Aussie star added he would be down “in a heartbeat”.

It comes following Sivan's response to critics of his new music video for Rush, which features a slew of shirtless, chiselled men dancing. While the track’s undoubtedly a bop, some took umbrage over Sivan's failure to feature a diverse representation of the community.

Amid the backlash, the singer responded via Billboard on July 16, where he addressed the negative comments about the clip.

“I definitely hear the critique,” Sivan said in the interview. “To be honest, it just wasn’t a thought we had — we obviously weren’t saying, ‘We want to have one specific type of person in the video.’ We just made the video, and there wasn’t a ton of thought put behind that.”

He also pointed out the hypocrisy of some of those shaming him over the video.

“There was this article … and they were talking about [the lack of body diversity], and in the same sentence, this person said ‘Eat something, you stupid twinks,'” he said.

“That really bummed me out to read that — because I’ve had my own insecurities with my body image. I think that everyone’s body is as beautiful as it is, including my own, and it just sucks to see people talking about other people’s bodies.”

Following 2018’s Bloom, Troye is gearing up to release his new album Something To Give Each Other this October, with the singer describing the record as “a celebration of sex, dance, sweat, community, queerness, love and friendship”.

Check out Troye Sivan’s interview with Apple Music below.