Sam Smith Responds to Backlash Over 'Quarantine Meltdown' Post | 22 Words

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.

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From 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.

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Their 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.

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And 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.

In a candid interview with 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.

In a candid interview with actress, Jameela Jamil, Sam discussed topics such as fame, body image, and confidence. And they then went on to admit that they have experienced conflicting emotions about their gender identity.

They began by discussing their issues with body image.

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“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.

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As 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.

And even shared a topless picture on their Instagram, along with the caption: "In the past, if I have ever done a photoshoot with so much as a t-shirt on, I have starved myself for weeks in advance and then picked and prodded at every picture and then normally taken the picture down." "Yesterday I decided to fight the f*** back. Reclaim my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally."

They are finally accepting their gender identity.

As well as their weight, Sam's gender has been an issue for years. "I've always had a little bit of a war going within my body and my mind," Sam 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...

They had never before discussed their 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.

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At first, they continued using male pronouns like "he" and "him."

Although, Sam revealed shortly after that they wish to use gender-neutral pronouns.

So, instead of "he," "him," and "his," they want to use "them," "they," and "their." And as a society, we must respect that. It's a part of their identity.

After such an enlightening year, it seems as though things have been going downhill for Smith.

While we're all in quarantine, many celebrities have dented their careers with their "out of touch" posts.

And unfortunately, Sam Smith was one of them.

For the past few weeks, the singer has been on the receiving end of criticism from fans and haters alike and it was all because they decided to post about the fact that they were having a hard time in self-isolation...

...In their Los Angeles mansion.

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A 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.

But in a recent interview, they opened up about the post:

On April 17th, Smith discussed the topic with radio hosts Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden.

They said this:

"It wasn't [a meltdown]. It was more – it was six weeks ago I posted a picture and everyone else was posting pictures, it was probably bad timing of me, but I use my social media as if it's just my friends on it."

They continued:

"I posted with my humor and stuff, but it just didn't get picked up very well, but I didn't mean any malice by it at all."

They claimed that it was just really bad timing...

"Yeah, you know me, I'm always sharing all of my feelings all the time and trying to be as human as possible but sometimes maybe people can read it [wrong] but that wasn't really meaning it in a malicious or nasty way, I was just trying to be myself."

So there we have it folks, it was all just a misunderstanding...

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