Cop a gander of Sam Smith!
The singer, who came out as non-binary earlier this year, embraces all aspects of their being in OUT Magazine‘s Out100 special.
Smith is aptly bestowed with the Evolution Of The Year honor.
Head below to see the star pose it up, but also open up about their journey…
On His Evolution:
“Over the last seven months of really discovering myself, which you’ve been such a huge part of, I keep coming back to the fact that I am just me. I am my own person. In the words of Jerry Herman, “I am what I am. I am my own special creation.” I just feel, looking around sometimes, that people are afraid of their individuality.”
On Asking To Be Referred To As “They/Them/Their’:
“In changing my pronouns, I felt incredible freedom. It’s like a brick was lifted off my chest, and with that freedom comes another kind of pain. Feeling this free in our skin is answered with abuse. And that’s really hard. For the last year and a half, I’ve thought about changing my pronouns. I’ve always hid behind my “he, him” pronouns because I was too scared. I thought living a life playing pretend would be less painful than being authentic. But I’d rather be myself, even if it means being abused for it. I’d rather get all this sh*t for being myself than lie to myself. That’s not a way to live.”
On How His Musical Output Has Improved Since Coming Out:
“There was something blocking me when I was writing my last album because I felt like I was playing this “Sam Smith” character that I created. I was depressed because I was this person in suits who other people wanted me to be. I can wear a suit now, actually, and can feel completely different in the suit, but at the time I felt, I’ve got to be butch for other people. I feel my music suffered. I think people can hear that. As soon as I came out with “Promises” and “Dancing With a Stranger,” I started playing. I started having fun. I started being myself. My art has become truer and more honest after coming to peace with being nonbinary.”
On His New Album:
“I love the muse side of each of those genres as much as I do the commercial, but I’ve been made to feel ashamed throughout my career for loving pop so much. This album is me basically telling everyone to f*ck off. I’m trying to fly the flag a little bit and say that simple music isn’t simple.”
More power to them.