Ian Thomas is already a heartthrob in Belgium, and is primed to take over America. Don't think Ian is just another teen sensation that's nothing but good looks: Ian keeps grounded with a family of people who did quite a lot of touring in his youth, so he knows what fame is like. He also knows the other side too; bullied as a teen, Ian became the spokesperson for The Big March, a campaign to stop online bullying. We talked with Ian about that, his career, and his favorite things!
GGM: You’re primed to crack America and you’re not even 18 yet! Does it ever get overwhelming being famous at such a young age?
IT: It’s a little overwhelming of course, but I’m very blessed to be here. I’ve been around show business for many years. My mom, stepdad, and dad have all been in the spotlight back in Belgium, and my mom traveled all around Europe doing theater. I’ve been around, and I’m very happy with how I was raised. They keep me grounded. Whenever I feel a little overwhelmed, they will talk to me about it. They support me, and my friends help me too.
GGM: You have a single with Tyga out right now called "Cheers." What was it like to work with him?
IT: I was very happy he wanted to be part of the project, and it was great working with him. I didn’t meet him in studio—he actually recorded his part on the tour bus when he was on tour with Chris Brown and Trey Songz. I met him after, and he’s super, super cool, super nice. Very down to earth. For real, one of the nicest people I’ve met here.
GGM: I’d love to talk a bit about The Big March. What drew you to this specific campaign?
IT: I’ve been bullied a lot myself when I was 13-16. I know how it feels to be bullied and how it feels to be alone. It’s the worst feeling, and you don’t feel like you can do anything about it. When you get bullied, a lot of people tell you to just brush it off, but it’s a very hard thing. On social media, it’s really easy to bring people down. So I feel a duty to help people in the same position because I know what it feels like.
GGM: Segueing into favorite things, what are some pop songs you’re jamming a lot right now?
IT: I’m jamming “Planes” by Jeremih. I’m jamming Childish Gambino a lot. I still love listening to Queen. I think they’re amazing and I’ve been a big fan since I was little. Also I have to say, I love the new Jason DeRulo single, “Want to Want Me.” I think it’s a bomb ass song.
GGM: You mentioned Queen. Have they made your favorite CD or record of all time?
IT: For sure. Usually, I listen to the Best Of, but “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of the best songs ever written, and Queen is for sure my favorite band. They had the first CD I heard in my car with my dad, so it gives me good memories, and I remember when I was 8, I saw a DVD of their world tour. I remember watching it and being completely overwhelmed by it. I remember when I saw the DVD, performing for 100,000 people, I was like “That’s what I want to do.” So you could say they inspired me.
GGM: Have you seen any good movies recently?
GGM: How about TV shows?
GGM: Do you have a particular favorite series of American Horror Story?
IT: That’s a hard one. I liked Covenant a lot, but I just started season 4, and season 1 was nice too.
GGM: Do you have a favorite book?
IT: I love reading, but I’m more of a non-fiction reader. I like Nothing In This Book is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are.
GGM: Style-wise, do you have any clothing brands you like to wear?
IT: Sneaker-wise, I love Nike, but I mostly like to wear things I’m comfortable with. Regular pants, skinny jeans. I usually put things on that look good but are comfortable. I like to jump around, so I need clothes I can flip in (laughs).
GGM: Since you moved to LA, have you discovered any favorite restaurants?
IT: I like True Food Kitchen a lot. I’m a vegan, and they have great dishes there.
GGM: Barring your hometown, which European city is your favorite?
IT: Apart from my hometown, it’s gotta be Amsterdam. My mom’s from Amsterdam, and I have family there. It’s a beautiful city, and I have a connection.
GGM: Thanks for takin’ the time, man!
IT: Thanks for the opportunity! I liked the questions! They’re cool. People usually ask the same questions but these were pretty unique!
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