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June 20, 2019

‘Stay with Me’ singer Sam Smith comes out as non-binary

March 19, 2019
British singer-songwriter Sam Smith poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2018 in London on February 21, 2018. (TOLGA AKMEN / AFP/Getty Images)

Grammy-winning artist Sam Smith has revealed that biological labels of gender don’t really stay with him.

“I’m not male or female, I think I flow somewhere in between. It’s all on the spectrum,” he told “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil, as a guest on her new Instagram series that celebrates body positivity, “I Weigh Interviews.”

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During 30 powerful minutes, the two British stars discussed self-acceptance, confidence and body image issues, which is something that everybody has to deal with.

“My whole life I’ve struggled with my body and my relationship with it,” he told Jamil, revealing that the situation was so intense that he went for liposuction surgery when he was 12.

He continued to struggle, even after the surgery, and recalled the bullying he suffered in school for being the only gay person in his town.

“At 16, I stopped wearing boys’ clothes and I would wear leggings, fur, and full makeup every day to school,” the singer, who had been out as a gay man since 10. “Because it was such a small village and the town that I went to school in was so small, I was a big fish in a small pond, and I turned into the gay clown, basically.”

When he moved to London two years later, he says his own sexuality helped him have a better understanding of the relationship between his body and his mind.

When struggling with image issues, learning about other non-binary and gender queer people experiences helped to open his eyes.

“I was recently reading stories about people who came out as gender queer and non-binary, and I always had a bit of a war within my body and my mind about.. “You are just you. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation,” he said.

“I do think like a woman sometimes in my head. And I’ve sometimes sat there and questioned, ‘Do I want a sex change?’ And it’s something I still think about…but I don’t think it is,” he said.

When Jamil asked him to explain what exactly being a “non-binary or gender queer” person meant, he told her it comes down to a person’s essence: “You are just you. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation,” said Smith.

And nobody should really care all that much about it. “Maybe I’m not a man, maybe I’m not a woman, but maybe that’s okay.”

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