Sam Smith Talks About Coming Out As A New Artist, Says He Doesn’t Want To Be A Gay Spokesman
Since addressing his sexuality in his love triangle-themed “Leave Your Lover” video (it was already a fairly open secret), Sam Smith has largely avoided talking about his love life or gay issues in general — apart from slamming hook-up apps like Grindr and Tinder. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, the cherub-faced crooner opened up a little about his journey but is adamant that he doesn’t want to be a community spokesman.
“I was worried,” the 22-year-old admits about coming out publicly. “I didn’t give the public enough credit. We were really panicky about it, but then as soon as we did it, I am just so proud of how people haven’t reacted. People really just don’t give a shit.” Sam believes his success is a milestone of sorts. “I feel like it’s a step forward — we’re in uncharted territory at the moment where you say it [ie. that you’re gay] before an album and it’s all natural and okay. It’s great.”
The “Stay With Me” hitmaker believes his sexuality hasn’t affected his career because of how he has presented himself. “I’m not trying to be a spokesperson. It sounds awful of me, but I’m really just trying to live my life and write music about it,” he said. “That’s what I do. I’m not trying to heal the world. From a young age I’ve always been like this, so it’s been normal.”
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[Via Digital Spy].
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