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Sam Smith says body dysmorphia helped them realise they are non-binary: ‘I am a shape-shifter’

Josh Milton October 20, 2020
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Sam Smith at Capital's Jingle Bell Ball 2019 in December. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Sam Smith has said that their body dysmorphia helped them realise that they are non-binary, describing themselves as something of a “shape-shifter”.

The British singer told the Sunday Times that learning to love their body played a large part in their journey to coming to terms with their gender identity.

“For me, what triggered everything was the work I was doing with my body issues,” the 28-year-old said.

“I always had body dysmorphia. As I started to address that, I started to address my gender and realised that I was holding myself to these ideals of how a man should look.”

“As I looked into it, I did therapy, I realised there was more to it.

“I have girl’s thighs and I have girl breasts too. It started to awaken this conversation that had always been in the back of my mind.”

Sam Smith says they have ‘always’ been non-binary. 

Smith described their body as “fluctuating”, explaining that they lost 50 pounds after seeing a nutritionist.

“I can lose weight, I can put weight on quickly, I am a shape-shifter,” they joked.

More than a year on since they came out publicly as non-binary and clarifying that their pronouns are they/them, Smith admitted even they get their own pronouns wrong from time to time.

“I mess up, my mum messes up – my family messes up,” they explained. Smith said they don’t get offended when people stumble, adding: “When people correct themselves it is a wonderful feeling because people try.”

“Yes, I have always been non-binary,” Smith reflected.

“I have always felt the way I’ve felt, and just hearing other non-binary stories made me suddenly feel seen.

“This is a way that I can live, where if I tell people this is how I feel and this is how I like to be treated, life is easier.”

More: coming out, Music, non-binary, pronouns, Sam Smith, UK

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