by Alisha Jackson

Miley Cyrus inspired Troye Sivan when he was thirteen years old. Now eight years later, he’s the one doing the inspiring.

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The 21-year-old recently answered four minutes worth of questions from Buzzfeed, where he was asked “Who was the first LGBTQ entertainer or public figure that impacted you?”

“The first one that actually mattered to me who has since come out as not straight is Miley Cyrus,” Troye answered. “When I was 13 and watching Hannah Montana, I thought she was the coolest person in the world and she wrote a song called ‘My Heart Beats For Love.’ She said in an interview that it was about her gay best friend. I was like, ‘Oh my God, Miley Cyrus has a gay best friend. Why am I not that person? If everyone in the world rejects me, I can just go become friends with Miley Cyrus.’”

Eight years later, the world has done quite the opposite of rejecting Troye, and based on Miley’s Instagram post from yesterday, it sounds like the two on their way to becoming besties.

“Thanks for being brave,” Miley wrote to Troye Sivan. “Inspired by your beautiful words to continue my work/purpose.” Miley tagged her Happy Hippie Foundation in the post, whose purpose is to “rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, and other vulnerable populations.”


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