Sam Smith Talks Coming Out, Feels ‘Just As Much Woman As I Am Man’

Sam Smith, in an interview with Louis Wise of The Sunday Times, expressed that he is more comfortable with is sexuality these days than he was earlier in his career. He even expounded on his love for heels.

“I love a heel,” Smith told Wise from The Sunday Times. “I’ve got loads of heels at home. … People don’t know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn, and all that. 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 two and a half years.”

“I don’t know what the title would be,” he continued, “but I feel just as much woman as I am man.” 

The conversation stems from Smith’s interview with Wise from 2014 when he released In The Lonely Hour, Wise encouraged him to come out publicly in his article, something Smith didn’t yet feel comfortable doing.

In the Lonely Hour was opaque,” Wise writes now. “The Thrill of It All is crystal clear.” According to Wise, in 2017, Smith is either an entirely different person or a “strongly remodeled one.”

“Looking back on it, it was the fear of saying the wrong thing and offending,” Smith said. “And I was 19 when I started writing the first album. I’d just moved to London from a village — I was literally the only gay in the village. I didn’t know what I wanted to say. … I remember, at the beginning of my career, being called a ‘gay singer,’ and I didn’t want that. I wanted to be seen as a singer first, before people spoke about my private life.

“And now it’s changed — I’ve changed. I realize that maybe I don’t mind that title.”

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