Maxim Burmatov denies copying Troye Sivan's Blue Neighbourhood album artwork

Reckons it's all 'just a coincidence'

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Your friend and ours Troye Sivan kicked up a bit of a fuss recently when he noticed a Russian artist by the name of Maxim Burmatov had produced some artwork strikingly similar to his fancy Blue Neighbourhood album cover. But now - after Troye threatened him with court action on Twitter - Maxim reckons it's all just a 'coincidence' and he didn't copy anything at all.

Earlier this month Troye caught Maxim out and tweeted: "see u in court, sweaty :)" (we assume he means 'sweetie'); but following the 'Troye, look at this plagiarism' trend Maxim's responded in a TV interview and claimed he was just 'innocently' searching for ideas.

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Chatting on some telly show we don't actually know the name of (soz), Maxim said: "I saw thousands of messages to me, accusing me of stealing the cover of someone named Troye Sivan. Of course, we immediately started researching online to find out who this person was. Sure enough, we discovered that he was an Australian singer, a vlogger, an actor, a rather well-known personality.

"Obviously, my album cover will not be in the same style. I simply don't need problems! That's the first thing. Secondly, we immediately contacted the representatives of Troye Sivan and sent them a letter, explaining that this was just a coincidence and we didn't do anything intentionally, we just didn't know."

So there you go. Hmm.

What d'ya make of that, then? Has Maxim redeemed himself or is it all still shady af? Tweet us over @sugarscape, please and ta very much.

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