Singer Troye Sivan is at the centre of something of a Twitter storm after throwing out flowers given to him by a fan.

The fan gave Sivan the bouquet at a meet and greet, and was saddened to later see a photo that went viral, showing the star dumping them in a bin.

“I gave you those flowers,” they tweeted. “I’m heartbroken that you would turn around and just throw them away. I wish you would’ve gave it away instead of throwing it in the trash.”

Twitter has been up in arms, with people calling Sivan “truly disgusting” for throwing out the gift.

Others have defended him, pointing out that he is wearing a different outfit in the photo than on the day he received the flowers, suggesting time had passed.

Many fans have pointed to Sivan’s history of LGBTI advocacy and supporting his fans, saying these actions outweigh throwing out a gift.

But the funniest take might have been from someone who enjoyed seeing Sivan trash the flowers.

“I’ve never disliked Troye Sivan but after finding out he threw out flowers from fans I think I’m in love,” they tweeted.

Sivan spoke to New Zealand radio station The Edge, explaining himself about the flowers, which he said he actually kept for three days after receiving them.

“They just started to wilt a little bit, which happens to flowers,” he said, sounding bemused about the whole thing.

“As well, I had to check out of my hotel. What else could I do with flowers besides, I don’t know, throw them away? I could have left them in the hotel room for housekeeping I guess to deal with.”

As the radio show presenters laughed, Sivan added that he wasn’t used to being snapped in public like this.

“I’ve never had paparazzi before,” he said.

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