Talk of gender can be so complex that it can oftentimes be hard for someone to really grasp the concept of gender and it falling under a spectrum. However, Sam Smith eschewed labels when he sat in an interview with The Sunday Times and discussed gender identity and sexuality.
According to the Grammy award-winning singer, it took him a while to feel comfortable coming out , as he was afraid of“saying the wrong thing and offending.”
However, if his new album is any dedication, he’s since allowed his sexuality to really inspire his work. His new song “Him” is about a young man coming out to his father. Discussing the lyrics, Smith said,
“I think they show my growth, my confidence. I feel like they show me. They show the gay guy I’ve become.”
Sam also shared that he’s never felt that his gender identity has fit into a specific box, although he he also doesn’t necessarily have an exact term to define himself. Sam said:
“There was one moment in my life where I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats, for 2.5 years. I don’t know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man.”
We applaud Smith for using his public platform to speak so openly about these topics. We’re sure it will help others struggling with their sexuality and/or gender identity feel less alone, and — most importantly — remind them that there is absolutely nothing wrong with them.