Fans rally behind XX’s Oliver Sim after coming out about living with HIV since 17

The bassist and vocalist spoke about his diagnosis in a statement, while announcing both his debut solo album and new single ‘Hideous’.

Sim spoke openly about his diagnosis alongside his new solo song “Hideous”, the first single from his forthcoming debut solo album, ‘Hideous Bastard’. Produced by Jamie xx, Hideous Bastard draws inspiration from Sim’s own life experiences.

“Early on in the making of my record, ‘Hideous Bastard’, I realised that I was writing a lot about fear and shame. I imagine that might paint a picture of a dark, “woe is me” sounding album, but in recent years I’ve become a firm believer that the best antidote to these feelings can be bringing them to the surface and shedding some light on them,” Sim said in the statement.

“I realised I’d been circling around one of the things that has probably caused me the most fear and shame. My HIV status. I’ve been living with HIV since I was 17 and it’s played with how I’ve felt towards myself, and how I’ve assumed others have felt towards me, from that age and into my adult life,” Sim said. “So, quite impulsively, I wrote about it on a song called ‘Hideous’.”

Fans have been showing their support for Sim online with one Twitter user writing “Much love and solidarity to musician Oliver Sim on sharing his HIV diagnosis and how writing can help process and deal with the trauma which comes from a diagnosis, especially at such a young age.”

Hideous Bastard’ will be released on September 9th. You can watch the video for his latest single, ‘Hideous’, below. 

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit Oliver Sim

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