Shawn Mendes has apologized to Sam Smith for getting their gender wrong during the introduction to iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball on Thursday.
Now, Sam Smith has responded.
Keep scrolling see what's gone down.
Sam Smith has decided to come clean...
During an interview with James Corden, it seems as though they were ready to get real about it...
Now, Sam Smith is known for more than just their music...
Having come out as "non-binary" just last year...Smith has been paving the way in which we view and address gender norms as a society.
But before that, Smith was more commonly known as one of the most successful pop stars of the decade.
via: GettyFrom Cambridgeshire, England, Smith made their first big break after their collaboration with Disclosure in the track "Latch" back in 2012.
Since then, the singer 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."
Now, 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.
However, it hasn't been an easy journey.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.
And, last year, Smith revealed that they now identify as non-binary.
Smith has had issues with their body since they were young.
via: GettyAs 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."
Sam is now working on loving their body...
And 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?'" "It's something I still think about, like, 'Do I want to?'"
Though Smith 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."
It was after reading up on the definition of gender non-binary that Smith realized their true identity.
Smith has identified as "non-binary" ever since...
The revelation came after Hits Radio presenter, James Barr, used the gender-neutral pronoun when tweeting about his interview with the singer...
And Smith responded to his tweet, writing: "You’re one of the first people to use these pronouns with me. Thank you. That feels really beautiful."
@imjamesbarr @hitsradiouk You’re one of the first people to use these pronouns with me. Thank you. That feels really beautiful— samsmith (@samsmith)1568110487.0
Smith would prefer for everyone to refer to them using these pronouns.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. [They] know 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 them."
Many of their fans were quick to show their support and approval...
With manly labeling them as an "inspiration."
@samsmith @BreneBrown You are perfect to us and I hope that you can see that too one day. We love you and you will… https://t.co/T1ApFhtSr1— 💓✌️ (@💓✌️)1566307686.0
But the singer has opened up about how difficult it has all been for them.
Referring to the public's reaction, they said it's been both "absolutely incredible" and "really, really hard."
However, it wasn't all perfect as they had to make the decision to come out when a private message was leaked to the press.
"It's definitely more of a struggle than I was expecting..."
Sam also added that this newfound freedom seeped into their music.
Watch the full interview here:If you're in the mood for more Sam Smith news, then keep scrolling to see how they handled the lockdown...
But recently Shawn Mendes got Sam Smith's gender wrong.How so? Well he got the pronoun wrong while introducing them at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball on Thursday. The 22-year-old took to Instagram to say sorry to Smith after introducing the Dancing With A Stranger singer, 28, with masculine wording. Check out the apology.
And now Smith has replied.Replying to Mendes on their own Instagram story, Smith simply wrote:
We’re all learning together. Happy holidays, all my love xxAnd that's all it's about. Learning.