In a new video, Sam Smith has opened up about what inspired them to come out as non-binary, and it’s so heartwarming…
Sam Smith has just featured on an episode of Vogue’s hit YouTube series, Beauty Secrets.
But fans got way more than just skincare and beauty tips from the star.
And exactly who inspired them to publicly come out.
From Cambridgeshire, England, Smith made their first big break after their collaboration with Disclosure in the track “Latch” back in 2012.
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.”
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.
In a candid interview with British GQ, Smith 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.
In a revealing interview with actress, Jameela Jamil, Smith discussed topics such as fame, body image, and confidence.
They then went on to admit that they have experienced conflicting emotions about their gender identity.
As a child, Smith revealed that they were “chubby” and “carried extra estrogen” in their chest, making them self-conscious and more susceptible to bullies.
“I had breasts,” Smith said. “I used to get my mom to write a note to the school when I was like 8 so I wouldn’t have to go to swimming lessons. So it’s something that’s been in me forever.”
And they 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**k 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.”
As well as their weight, Smith’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,” they said in the interview. “I do think as a woman sometimes, in my head. Sometimes I’ve questioned ‘Do I want a sex change?'”
“It’s something I still think about, like, ‘Do I want to?'”
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.”
It was after reading up on the definition of gender non-binary that Smith realized their true identity.
“When I saw the word non-binary, genderqueer, and I read into it, and I heard these people speaking, I was like, ‘f**k, that is me,” the hitmaker revealed.
And they revealed shortly after their announcement that they wish to use gender-neutral pronouns, and even wants others to use them when referring to them.
So, instead of “he,” “him,” and “his,” they want to use “them,” “they,” and “their.”
A source close to the star explained:
“This is a decision Sam has thought long and hard about, including doing a lot of reading on up it. He knows that it will take some people longer than others to fully get it.”
“First the request is going out to mates and then it will be passed on to the music industry too. It’s an exciting and groundbreaking time for him.”
With manly labeling them as an “inspiration.”
And it seems it was another famous face.
In the latest episode of Vogue’s Beauty Secrets series, Smith revealed it was the one and only Lady Gaga who inspired them to come out.
“I was fifteen when The Fame came out and I was obsessed with Lady Gaga…for me, she gave me complete permission to be myself and to be proud of my queerness.”
“It was a form of expression, but it was also weirdly a form of protection — it was a way of almost saying to the homophobes and the bullies, ‘Stay away from me,’ because I’m confident and I’m powerful in my queerness.”
It’s amazing to see Smith fully embracing every aspect of themself.
Brb, going to listen to The Fame on repeat now…
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