Sam Smith: I had ‘reservations’ about revealing my sexuality
Singer Sam Smith says he had “reservations” about disclosing his sexuality before the release of his debut album – but there were “no issues”.
The singer came out in May this year, when he revealed that his album In the Lonely Hour was about a man he fell in love with.
Speaking to the Telegraph, the singer admitted he had reservations about coming out.
He said: “We all had that reservation before the record. Past gay artists, things have happened to them that haven’t been great.
“All I can say is I’m so unbelievably surprised and happy at how far the world has come, because there have been no issues.
He added: “Obviously I want to fall in love and stuff, but I don’t yearn for it every day like I used to. It sounds so cheesy but my fans have completely filled that hole.
“I’ve always been an open book about [my sexuality]. This was the constant thing; I came out as a gay man at a very, very young age.”
The Money on my Mind singer said in August that he is “not trying to be a spokesperson” for gay people.
He said: “It sounds awful of me, but I’m really just trying to live my life and write music about it. That’s what I do. I’m not trying to heal the world.”
He said: “I would say just be yourself. Don’t make it an issue. Let’s make it a normality.
“To make it equal, we need to act equal. Everyone just needs to focus on themselves as individuals and do what makes them happy, and be brave.”