Sam Smith is one of Britain's most popular stars of the music world - they're also a huge Internet personality.
Last year, Smith hit the headlines after they revealed they were non-binary, with a brand new look. But recently, they have been receiving nothing but tonnes of backlash for their "insensitive" quarantine posts. It has gotten so bad that they have been forced to speak out on it.
Read on to find out what they had to say...
Sam Smith has become one of the most successful pop stars of the decade.
via: GettyFrom Cambridgeshire, England, Sam made their first big break after their collaboration with Disclosure in the track "Latch" back in 2012.
Since then, Sam has risen to unprecedented levels of fame.
via: GettyTheir Disclosure collaboration instantly landed them a record deal, and, by early 2013, they had released “Lay Me Down," the first single from their debut album, In the Lonely Hour. Other hits include "Stay With Me" and "Too Good at Goodbyes."
The singer has always been open about their sexuality.
via: GettyAnd has frequently written songs about love and relationships with other men. The themes defined In the Lonely Hour, in particular, had been composed in the wake of a romantic rejection by a heterosexual man.
It hasn't been an easy journey for Sam.British GQ, Sam detailed their experience with sexuality, explaining how "not fitting in" can make them feel "really depressed and sad." The singer also recalled "violent and scary" experiences within the gay community shortly after moving to London, admitting that they were forced to have therapy to come to terms with the "traumatic" encounters.
After Sam revealed that they now identify as non-binary, they were always making the headlines.
They began by discussing their issues with body image.
via: Getty“When I was a kid, I was chubby … and then it would get worse and worse and worse and I was holding a lot of weight in my chest. When I hit eleven years old, I went to the doctor’s," they said. And, to this very day, Sam is still affected by their body image. “It’s the basis of all my sadness," they said. “Literally everything I’ve ever been sad about is my weight. I struggle with it every day."
Sam has had issues with their body since they were young.
via: GettyAs a child, Sam revealed that they were “chubby" and “carried extra estrogen" in their chest, making them self-conscious and more susceptible to bullies.
Sam is working on loving their body and has become an advocate for the cause.
They are finally accepting their gender identity.said in the interview. "I do think as a woman sometimes, in my head. Sometimes I've questioned 'Do I want a sex change?'"
Though Sam has always been open about their sexuality...gender identity. “I've always been very free in terms of thinking about sexuality, so I’ve just tried to change that into my thoughts on gender as well." They further clarified identifying as genderqueer, stating “Non-binary/genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation."
Sam has been identifying as non-binary for over a year now.
via: GettyAt first, they continued using male pronouns like "he" and "him."
Although, Sam revealed shortly after that they wish to use gender-neutral pronouns.
After such an enlightening year, it seems as though things have been going downhill for Smith.
And unfortunately, Sam Smith was one of them.
...In their Los Angeles mansion.
via: InstagramA lot of people claimed that Smith was clearly so blinded by their fame and their security that they had no idea what all of us normal folks were struggling to deal with while they complained about being stuck in their million-dollar home.