Singer #SamSmith has never really made a big deal of his sexuality, but he recently opened up to the London Times about gender identity and his love for dressing in women’s clothing.
“People don’t know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn. There was one moment in my life when I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really,” Smith said. “I would wear full make up every day at school – eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats, for two and a half years.”
Further into his interview, Sam was asked whether he identified as a cisgender male, meaning that his personal identity and gender match his birth sex, and he responded with, “No.”
He added, “I don’t know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man.”
Smith also spoke about his struggle with not wanting his sexuality and gender identity to overshadow his career. “I remember, at the beginning of my career, being called a ‘gay singer’, and I didn’t want that,” he explained.
“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 think that maybe I don’t mind that title.”
Hopefully Sam will inspire more artists to come out as their true selves!
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