Sam Smith Opening Up About His Gender Identity Is Already Helping Fans Who Look Up To The Singer
Only a few weeks stand between the world and Sam Smith's new album, The Thrill of It All. But even before the release, he's sharing something very important and very personal. In a new interview with The Sunday Times, Smith shared that he feels "just as much woman as man," after talking about his teenage years when he obsessed over Boy George. And even though he admitted that it's taken time for him to become comfortable with who he is, his words are so important to those who look up to him. In fact, his fans are already cheering him on.
In the three years since Smith's debut album, In The Lonely Hour, came out and scored four Grammy wins and seven nominations altogether, he's been doing a pretty solid job of staying out of the public eye. But now that he's back and promoting his new music, he's also sharing parts of his life that he's never been quite this open about before, and his honesty is incredibly inspiring. Not only did Smith share the fact that he wears women's clothing, but also that he was bullied because of it in his younger years. Even so, it seems he's prouder of who he is these days.
While talking to The Times, Smith said that although does he not feel like a cisgender man, he's not sure what title he'd use for himself. "I feel just as much woman as I am man," he said.
He also mentioned a drag shop he loves — House of Priscilla in Sydney, Australia — and revealed that he enjoys buying and wearing dresses and heels, which isn't a new hobby for him. He said:
To so fearlessly be himself at such a young age is truly admirable, but as Smith explained, it didn't come without consequences. He added that even though some of his classmates respected him for it, others teased and physically bullied him for it, and that caused him to keep a "barricade" up.
We love and support you, SAM SMITH! https://t.co/lZFLATQoQw— Queertet (@LAQueertet) October 22, 2017
Smith didn't just address his gender identity in the interview; he also spoke about the identity that he took on as a result of his career. He said:
There are so many fans who are glad he feels that way, because after the interview went live, some of them took to Twitter to share their pride for Smith and the power he has to help people who may be experiencing the same things he has in the past:
SAM SMITH MY HUMAN THANK YOU FOR BRINGING LESSER UNDERSTOOD GENDER IDENTITIES OR FEELINGS OUT THERE, MY NB ASS APPRECIATES IT— Molly Smith 🏳️🌈 (@mollysmith62) October 23, 2017
THIS IMPORTANT THIS IS SO GOOD HAVING SOMEONE SO FAMOUS COME OUT AS NB YOU GO SAM SMITH HELP NORMALISE THEY PRONOUNS https://t.co/Ok050wqgPj— BOOronwyn👻🕷🕸 (@_kingpxn) October 23, 2017
really heckin happy for @samsmithworld !!! they're a wonderful human and im super glad that they're heading towards who they really are!!💕— hannah |-/ (@xo_hlk) October 23, 2017
Sam Smith on gender: “I feel just as much a woman as I am a man.”— Trevy (@fiercetrevy) October 23, 2017
-OMG. Me too. Awh. 😱💁♂️
sam smith is a non binary icon I love them pic.twitter.com/GE58MptlhD— zahra (@lantersmatt) October 23, 2017
I'm so proud of them. Representation really does matter. Sam Smith is really going to change a lot of lives by coming out. https://t.co/Syj5d4uyK0— ghoulia💗💛💙 (@chacmooljules) October 23, 2017
That last fan is correct: Representation does truly matter, and now people who might identify the same way that Smith does have one of the world's biggest musicians in their corner, and that's a big deal. There is so much power in Smith's openness about gender, and it has the potential to open up conversations that could lead to more people understanding.
Sam Smith coming out as not-cis (idk what label he wants to use, if any) makes me so happy omg I love him— Mich🌱🌙 (@PotatoForeman) October 23, 2017
SAM SMITH CAME OUT AS NON BINARY I LOVE A HUMAN ITS WHAT THEY DESERVE YES— spooky bitch 🎃 (@bgItquake) October 23, 2017
In his short career so far, Smith has a lot to be proud of, and sharing his truth with the world is certainly on that list. However he chooses to share his personal life with his fans, there are already plenty of people lined up to support him.