Todrick Hall is on the cover of Billboard‘s annual PRIDE issue, out now.
Here’s what the 35-year-old Quarantine Queen entertainer had to say…
On why he still feels like an outsider in the industry: “People have put me on a pedestal and think that I am signed to a label and that I have management. I am blown away by their ignorance on how the industry works…I am flattered that my team and I have been able to make people believe that we are on that same level.”
On comments from internet “trolls”: “I feel that the hate I receive on the internet comes mostly from people of color and people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s almost like we like complaining about the fact that there isn’t enough representation, but then when the representation in there and it doesn’t come in the exact package or the exact size the we wished it had been, we bash that as well.”
Taylor Swift, on how Todrick Hall inspired her to be more vocal about LGBTQ equality: “From day one, Todrick has always been very honest with me about his life and his experiences as a gay man of color…he never felt the need to edit who he is around me or be a different version of himself. I think that unapologetic sense of self is also what people connect to in his work. He’s just Todrick. He’s never EVER going to even attempt to be anyone else.”
On his feud with Scooter Braun: “I genuinely attempted several times to talk to him from a place of love, but with my wounds from being Black and gay in America, and his ego, it was difficult to get through. So I resorted to a few Regina George moments I’m not necessarily proud of.”
For more from Todrick, head to Billboard.com.
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