Sam Smith Explains His Gender Fluidity
"I feel just as much woman as I am man"
Published Oct 23, 2017In a new interview, Sam Smith has opened up about his sexuality and newly revealed gender fluidity.
Speaking to the Sunday Times about his highly anticipated sophomore album The Thrill of It All, the UK pop singer explained that the new songs showcase "the gay guy I've become."
Smith admits that he's gained confidence since coming out and since the release of 2014's In the Lonely Hour, explaining that's all reflected on the new record.
"Looking back on it, it was the fear of saying the wrong thing and offending," he said. "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."
Smith went on to detail his personal experience with gender fluidity. "I don't know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man," he said.
When asked if he identifies as a cis male, Smith replied by showing the interviewer Venus symbol tattoos on his hand, and saying, "No. I mean, I've got these tattoos on my fingers."
Smith also discussed his infatuation with women's style, explaining that he went through a phase of wearing full make-up and female clothing in school.
"There was one moment in my life where I didn't own a piece of male clothing, really," he said. "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."
Smith also expressed his appreciation for ladies' footwear, saying, "I love a heel. I've got loads of heels at home" — proving the point on Instagram just last week.
Read the complete interview with Smith here.
As previously reported, Smith will release The Thrill of It All on November 3 via Capitol. It features the singles "Too Good at Goodbyes" and "Pray." The album is available for pre-order on vinyl and special edition CD via Umusic.