Troye Sivan is a South African-born, Australian-bred actor and singer-songwriter. He is best known as an actor for playing young James Howlett in the 2009 X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and John "Spud" Milton in the Spud South Africa movie franchise.
Troye first came to the Australian public's attention when he made it to the grand finals of StarSearch 2007. His debut album, Dare to Dream, was released the following year. After accumulating a large fan base through his YouTube channel, Troye was signed to EMI Australia in 2013 and released his debut major label EP, TRXYE, on August 15, 2014. This is the lead single from the project.
The song details a friend's battle with depression, Troye wrote on his Tumblr that he wrote the tune "during a bit of a rough time for someone super close to me, and for myself, and it still means as much to me as the day I wrote it, and I'm still as in love with it as the day I wrote it."
Many of Troye's fans believe the song was penned about Troye's friend and YouTube sensation Connor Franta, who left the channel Our2ndLife in part because of a battle with depression.
Troye told VidCon 2014 attendees in June 2014 regarding the song's meaning: "It's about loneliness and the different ways that people cope with the things that are going on in their lives."