Singer Sam Smith Addresses Sexuality but Doesn't Want You to Make It a Big Deal
Often, when a celebrity addresses his or her sexuality in public, there's a lot of hoopla that surrounds it when there doesn't need to be any, at all. Sam Smith publicly addressed his sexuality, but instead of allowing it to be a sensational statement, the 22-year-old singer made it just a casual part of the conversation, which is pretty awesome. In fact, the topic of his sexual preference emerged from a conversation about his music, not his sexual orientation. Someone's sexuality shouldn't be sensational, because it is what it is.
Smith spoke to the magazine The Fader about relationships inspiring his work — and he mentioned that an album he wrote had been about a man who he had feelings for. He said:
I’ve never been in a relationship before. I’ve only been in unrequited relationships where people haven’t loved me back. [My new album] In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back [...] It’s all there now, and I can move on and hopefully find a guy who can love me the way I love him.
Those remarks prompted further questions about his sexuality, since it was the first time he publicly addressed that his music had been inspired by someone of the same sex. He then said:
I am comfortable with myself, and my life is amazing in that respect [...] I just wanted to talk about him and have it out there. It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know -- I want to be clear that that’s what it’s about.
After all, why should he have to mask the subject of his material? If he's comfortable with it, then everybody should be, too. He wants to keep this conversation normal — and not spectacular. He added:
I’ve been treated as normal as anyone in my life; I’ve had no issues. I do know that some people have issues in life, but I haven’t, and it’s as normal as my right arm. I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People wouldn’t ask a straight person these questions.
Exactly. He hit the nail on the head. You wouldn't ask someone about his or her arm existing, right? And no one questions who Beyonce is "drunk in love" with. His sexuality should be perceived as normal because it is.
Hopefully Smith's candor will help other people feel comfortable talking about same sex relationships, as well.