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Sam Smith says it’s okay to ‘trip up’ sometimes over pronouns, they do it too

Lily Wakefield February 29, 2020
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Sam Smith in rehearsals for their first-ever performance at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. (Instagram/samsmith)

Sam Smith has said that they are not offended when people “trip up” over their pronouns, as long as they’re making an effort.

The non-binary singer is currently in Australia preparing to perform at Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras over the weekend.

In an interview with The Project, journalist and Sam Smith super-fan Carrie Bickmore admitted that she had used he/him pronouns accidentally to describe them on the way to the interview.

But they responded: “I trip up too! Of course I do, I’m a human being. I have been called ‘he and him’ since the day I was born, you know, 27 years of my life, so I can understand.

“My mum, all the time, she’ll call me ‘he/him’ and then she gets angry with herself. It’s okay. But it is important, you know?”

Smith added: “All I can say is that when people use my pronouns correctly, it’s a wonderful feeling. I feel safe, I feel happy, and I feel completely seen.”

The ‘Promises’ singer also revealed the moment that they heard the term “non-binary” for the first time.

They said: “I was actually in Australia, I was in Brisbane on tour, with my second tour ‘The Thrill of it All’.

“It was weird, I had a massive night out at the end of the tour and I was drunk at 3am with my bandmates and friends in my room and I just started hearing about the term non-binary, and I’d never heard it before.

“The pronoun thing for me just felt like a flag in the ground kind of, like this is how I want to be treated by everyone.”

Smith added that they were excited for their Mardi Gras performance.

They said: “We’ve just pulled out all the stops now. I’m in this wonderful position where there are literally no boundaries when it comes to my performance, when it comes to what I wear, movement, and everything.

“I just feel like I can be myself in front of people at the moment which is really scary but also incredibly liberating.”

More: Australia, pronouns, Sam Smith, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

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