Sam Smith Reveals He’s Taking a Break From Social Media Following Oscar Drama With Dustin Lance Black

Sam Smith attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards.
Sam Smith attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Powering down! On Tuesday, March 1, Sam Smith tweeted to his 4.16 million Twitter followers that he’ll be taking a break from social media following his big win at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28.

“I’m logging off for a while,” wrote the 23-year-old singer, who won best original song for the Spectre tune “Writing’s on the Wall.” “Some Martinis shaken not stirred are definitely in order.”

Despite his win, Smith’s Oscars 2016 experience was anything but ideal. Smith told the BBC that he thought his performance of his winning hit during the ceremony was “horrible” and that he “hated every minute of it.” In addition, the Brit hitmaker inaccurately claimed in his excitement during his acceptance speech that he was the first-ever openly gay Oscar winner. 

That last bit led acclaimed screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who is engaged to Olympian Tom Daley, to blast Smith on Twitter, reminding the crooner that the scribe took home the Oscar for best original screenplay for Milk back in 2009. 

Internet backlash ensued for Smith and he soon apologized to Black.

Dustin Lance Black attends as the Dallas Cowboys play the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL match at Wembley Stadium on November 9, 2014 in London, England.
Dustin Lance Black attends the Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars NFL game at Wembley Stadium Nov. 9, 2014, in London. Karwai Tang/WireImage

“So hungover. genuinely feels like a dream,” Smith tweeted Monday morning, before saying sorry. “Second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn’t my point … My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who i love so dearly. … Apologies for the mix up @DLanceBlack I’ll be sure to check out your films now x Belated Congrats on the Oscar x.”

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