Pop star reveals horrors of Russian 'purge' of gay people: 'We get beat down’

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Andrea Di Giovanni photo shoot

APPALLED: Andrea was shaken up by his experiences in Russia (Pic: INSTAGRAM / ANDREA DI GIOVANNI)

The rising star recently released new single Forbidden Love to shed light on the rampant inequality he witnessed first hand in the country.

Before his launch performance at London nightclub Freedom, he told Daily Star Online about the importance of artists using their platform to raise awareness about injustices.

“The song is about the purge on gay people in Russia. I was so shocked because we’ve seen purges historically, but to see it in 2019, that someone like me or who wants to be like me can be jailed or abused, really struck a chord with me,” he explained.

“I want people to know what it’s like to feel insecure and drown in shame just because you want to love somebody.”

Andrea, who is from Italy, graduated from the British Institute of Modern Music in 2017 and has been releasing music consistently in the years since.

Last year he played a series of Pride performances, including the London main stage – an opportunity he hopes to take advantage of again this year, as well as the LGBT Awards.

Andrea Di Giovanni photo shoot

OUTSPOKEN: Andrea doesn’t shy away from taboo subjects (Pic: INSTAGRAM / ANDREA DI GIOVANNI)

Andrea Di Giovanni photo shoot

GLAMAZON: Andrea is inspired by Balenziaga and McQueen (Pic: INSTAGRAM / ANDREA DI GIOVANNI)

While Andrea’s look may high-glam and flamboyant, a keen sense of right and wrong is at the heart of his ambition.

“I understand personal agenda, but I’m allergic to injustice. When I see things I’m unhappy with I feel compelled to speak with the platform that I have, rather than be oblivious,” he continued.

“It’s important because that’s how you change society, by disrupting it. That’s my mission and I love it, it’s a cool way of speaking to not just my own community, but those outside of it.

“Music is a universal language and it can offer insight into how we live today.”

Andrea Di Giovanni photo shoot

FORBIDDEN LOVE: Andrea’s new single is out now (Pic: INSTAGRAM / ANDREA DI GIOVANNI)

On an aesthetic level, Andrea credits his fabulous style to a mix of different influences.

“I like weird, quirky fashion like Balenziaga and Alexander McQueen. I’m also a fan of retro or vintage pieces,” he added.

“On top of all that I love Italian fashion – that old school sense of glamour. When I was a kid I’d soak up the classic beauty in Vogue magazine.”

Forbidden Love is available to stream or download now on iTunes and Spotify.

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