Sam Smith: I’m as much woman as I am man
Sam Smith has said he feels “just as much woman as I am man” in a new interview.
The Oscar-winning singer songwriter revealed that he loved cross-dressing as a teen and didn’t own any ‘male’ clothes at one point.
He also said that he still wears high heels and intends to buy more on a trip to Australia.
He told The Sunday Times: “I love a heel. I’ve got loads of heels at home,” adding he will “buy everything – heels, dresses,” when he goes shopping in Sydney drag store, House of Priscilla, whenever he visits Australia.
He continued: “People don’t know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn, and all that.
“There was on moment in my life where I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really.
“I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats, for 2 1/2 years.”
Asked if he considers himself 100% male, Sam replied: “I feel just as much woman as I am man.
“I got teased for it. But there were also people respecting me for walking around like that in my school.”
He said his mother Kate realised he was gay way before he actually came out to her.
Reflecting on his coming out in an interview with Sir Elton John, Sam said: “I’d just finished primary school, going into secondary school, and I came out to my best friend when I was nine or 10.
“I was very sure of, and in, myself. When I told my mum she said she always knew, she said she knew when I was three, and my dad just asked if I was absolutely sure.
“And I was sure, even at that age, but they were incredibly supportive.”
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The Oscar winner says the track Him, from his soon-to-be-released new album, is a semi-autobiographical take on his childhood story.
In the interview with Attitude magazine, he admitted his late father Frederick feared he would be bullied: “I think my dad was scared for me, because of his own life experience.
“I think he saw a lot of kids get bullied and just felt really nervous for me.”
“Especially when, at 16 and 17, I used to wear a lot of make-up and dressed very differently at school.
“He didn’t have a problem with it, but he was really worried about me.”