Sam Smith Comes Out as Gay, Wrote New Album For a Guy: “I Want to Make It a Normality”

Sam Smith at the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center
British singer Sam Smith came out as gay in a new interview with The FADER. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

His melodic falsetto has been compared to the likes of Whitney Houston and Adele, but British singing sensation Sam Smith made headlines for a different reason after his interview in the June/July 2014 issue of The FADER. In the magazine, the chart-topper, 22, came out as gay, but did so in a way that made the subject seem more conversational than declaratory. 

When asked about past relationships, Smith replied, "I’ve never been in a relationship before. I’ve only been in unrequited relationships where people haven’t loved me back. [New album] In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back."

The soulful singer, who has collaborated with top Brits Disclosure and Naughty Boy, admitted he told the man about his feelings to get it off his chest. 

"It’s all there now, and I can move on and hopefully find a guy who can love me the way I love him," Smith said. 

When the reporter noted that the Brit hadn't publicly revealed details on his sexuality, Smith talked about his views on coming out. 

"I am comfortable with myself, and my life is amazing in that respect," he said. "I just wanted to talk about him and have it out there. It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know — I want to be clear that that’s what it’s about. I’ve been treated as normal as anyone in my life; I’ve had no issues. I do know that some people have issues in life, but I haven’t, and it’s as normal as my right arm. I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People wouldn’t ask a straight person these questions."

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