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Sam Smith launches scathing attack on music industry for being ‘homophobic and sexist’ since coming out as non-binary

Vic Parsons December 9, 2019
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Sam Smith and Normani perform at the Jingle Ball 2019 in California. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

British singer Sam Smith has accused the music industry of being homophobic after coming out as non-binary earlier this year.

The 27-year-old has admitted they are “scared every day” in the music industry.

“I’m loving it, I mean I’m scared every day,” the ‘I Feel Love’ singer explained. “Being my feminine self in this world that we’re in, I mean the music industry can be a bit homophobic, a bit sexist at times.”

“So being feminine like this in the way I move and dance and am, it feels quite scary at times but is worth it.”

The video for Smith’s latest song, ‘How Do You Sleep’, sees them dancing in high heels – which, they say, they were initially afraid of sharing.

“I felt very vulnerable doing it but I’m seeing now that’s the best space to be in,” they explained. “You feel joy quicker when being vulnerable like that.”

They added: “But I’ve always been like that when in the club, with friends, with people that I feel safe with but showing it to the world is a different thing and I finally felt safe enough to do so.”

The singer shared on Instagram in September that their pronouns are they/them, having coming out as non-binary earlier this year.

“After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f**k it!

“I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you,” they wrote.

 

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