For the First Time Ever, Sam Smith Opens Up About His Gender Identity
Sam Smith publicly came out as gay in May 2014, and has been one of the strongest LGBTQ+ voices in Hollywood ever since. Now, on the heels of the release of his highly anticipated second album, Thrill of It All, the 25-year-old crooner is opening up about himself even further, including about his gender identity.
The “Too Good at Goodbyes” singer told The Sunday Times that he doesn’t feel like a cisgender man, that is, someone whose gender identity aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth.
“I don’t know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man,” he explained.
SS revealed that he’s always loved feminine clothing (“I love a heel — I’ve got loads of heels at home.”) and became OBSESSED with artists like Boy George and Marilyn Monroe when he was a teenager.
He continued, “People don’t know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn [Monroe], and all that. There was one moment in my life where I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full makeup every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr. Martens and huge fur coats, for 2.5 years.”
Sam was once afraid to come out to the public because he had a “fear of saying the wrong thing and offending,” but is now proud to be an openly gay man and thinks that shows on his upcoming album.
“I think [the new songs] show my growth, my confidence,” he explained. “I feel like they show me. They show the gay guy I’ve become.”
At the time of the interview, the British man said he was single, but was recently seen kissing 13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn, which obviously sparked dating rumors.
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Being genderfluid is a way that some describe their experience with non-binary identities. This relates to how they can take on the identity of either gender binary and generally feel somewhere in between. In the words of Connor Manning (a.k.a. AConnMan), the bisexual star says that he doesn't "feel like a guy most of the time, but it's not really something that’s a rigid identity for me."
Connor explained that he doesn't feel like a trans woman, but rather is "somewhere in between." He also said that, at this point, he's still fine with people using masculine pronouns to describe him, but has been testing out more neutral words in hopes of one day getting used to using them.
You can read more about Connor's heartfelt coming-out story here.
Photo: Instagram (@aconnormanning)