They’re the Romanian superstar who sang “Amnesia” for their country at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam. And now, Roxen has opened up about their gender identity and that they identify as non-binary.
The 21-year-old singer revealed their feelings following an intimate question and answer session with fans on TikTok.
Roxen also said they are not offended if they are addressed by she/her or he/him pronouns.
Roxen comes out as non-binary
Roxen — real name Larisa Roxana Giurgiu — shared their revelation in an intimate question and answer session with fans on TikTok.
“Since I was little, I feel like a boy in a girl’s body”, the singer told fans on TikTok. “In my previous life I was really a boy. Honestly, I always thought and felt that I was a boy in a girl’s body”, Roxen elaborated. Roxen explained that as a child, they felt a closer attachment to typical “boy” activities and was often found playing and talking “like a boy”.
Nowadays the Romanian superstar is known for their iconic fashion looks and unique alternative aesthetic. But as it happens, fashion was once a subject of horror for the “Alcohol You” hitmaker. “Imagine that I had to go to competitions and there were all the dresses, I had to put on the dress and it was something horror for me, or the hours lost in the mall”, Roxen explained.
One fan asked Roxen if they identify as non-binary. “Yes, this is the word”, the singer answered.
Some fans asked for clarification on the singer’s pronouns. “Does it bother you if somebody addresses you with he/him or with she/her?”, another fan asked.
“No, not at all”, Roxen responded.
Non-binary people are people whose gender identity falls outside of the binary of “man” or “woman”. Often, non-binary people use they/them pronouns rather than the masculine or feminine equivalents often attached to binary identities. However, this isn’t the case for everybody. Not all non-binary people identify the same way — how an individual wishes to express their gender by way of clothing, language or image, is entirely up to them.
Roxen at Eurovision
In 2020, TVR internally selected Roxen to represent Romania at Eurovision. The broadcaster staged a six-song selection show for the singer, with the public ultimately deciding Roxen should sing “Alcohol You” in Rotterdam.
Upon the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, TVR once again internally selected Roxen to reprise their role as the Romanian representative in Rotterdam 2021. Roxen sang “Amnesia” in the first semi-final. Romania placed 12th in a field of 16, failing to secure a spot in the grand final.