Troye Sivan slams reporter for asking 'invasive' gay sex question

Troye Sivan fired back at a New Zealand-based journalist after an interview in which he was asked about his preferred sexual position appeared in print. 

The article, which is in the September issue of Auckland’s Express magazine, features rapid-fire questions in which the pop star offers his candid thoughts on everything from his favorite Netflix series to his celebrity crush, Shawn Mendes

Things appear to have taken an awkward turn, however, when reporter Matt Fistonich asked Sivan whether he preferred to be on the giving or receiving end of anal sex. 

At the time of the interview, Sivan replied, “Ooo ... definitely passing!” 

On Wednesday, he took a more critical stance on Twitter. He retweeted a fan who’d posted screenshots of the Express interview and said he’d found the question in bad taste overall. 

Neither Fistonich nor Express’ editor, Oliver Hall, immediately responded to HuffPost’s request for comment. 

Sivan, who is gay, has emerged as an LGBTQ icon for the millennial set in recent years and has never shied away from expressing his sexuality through his music and performances.  

Many interpreted “Bloom,” the title track of Sivan’s 2018 album, to be an ode to anal sex. The music video for another recent song, “Lucky Strike,” saw him frolicking on a sun-drenched beach with a Speedo-clad male suitor. 

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 01: Troye Sivan attends the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in LA at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 1, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for GLAAD)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Singer Troye Sivan performs onstage at The Human Rights Campaign 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 31: Recording artist Troye Sivan attends the Inaugural GLAAD Rising Stars Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 31, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for GLAAD)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Singers Troye Sivan (L) and Katy Perry at The Human Rights Campaign 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Singer Troye Sivan attends the Human Rights Campaign's 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images For Fashion Media)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23: Troye Sivan poses in the awards room with an ARIA for Apple Music Song of the Year during the 30th Annual ARIA Awards 2016 at The Star on November 23, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)
NOVEMBER 22, 2016: SYDNEY, NSW - (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Singer Troye Sivan poses during a photo shoot in Sydney, New South Wales. (Photo by Christian Gilles/Newspix/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Troye Sivan attends Tinder x GLAAD Celebrate Inclusion Acceptance Equality at Skylight Clarkson Sq on November 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 07: Troye Sivan performs in support of his Blue Neighbourhood Tour at The Fillmore on November 7, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Recording artist Troye Sivan attends the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Troye Sivan attends the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood 14th Annual Young Hollywood Issue at Reel Inn on September 23, 2016 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Recording artist/actor Troye Sivan performs onstage during the 2016 Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the Las Vegas Village on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 410 -- Pictured: Musical guest Troye Sivan performs on August 29, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Singers Hailee Steinfeld (L) and Troye Sivan attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Republic Records After Party on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Singer Troye Sivan attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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Last fall, he appeared alongside Lucas Hedges and Nicole Kidman in “Boy Erased,” playing a patient enrolled in a gay “conversion therapy” program.  

In his series of Thursday tweets, the singer-songwriter elaborated further on why he felt Fistonich’s question was inappropriate.

“I speak about sex in my music on my terms, when I’m in control, and writing music that is going to be close to my heart forever,” he said. “I highly doubt anyone would ask any of my straight peers explicit questions about who does what to who in their relationship, no matter the content of their music. I don’t think artists should have to expect to be asked about that when they show up to work in the morning.”

“There’s no shame in anal sex or any kind of sex,” he added. “I just don’t want to talk about it over the phone to a complete stranger.”

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