English singer, Sam Smith has opened up his gender identity, offering more insights into his personal life.
In a candid interview with The Sunday Times, the singer said he doesn’t consider himself a cisgender man revealing that he identifies as gender nonbinary—“I feel just as much woman as I am man,” he said.
Smith who is known for wearing prim suits and menswear staples also disclosed that he loves heels and has a favorite drag shop in Sydney, Australia, called House of Priscilla, which he raids every time he goes there.
“Oh my God, I just buy everything — heels, dresses. We have a great time.
“I love a heel. I’ve got loads of heels at home. … People don’t know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn, 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 make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats — for two and a half years.
“I don’t know what the title would be,” he continued, “but I feel just as much woman as I am man,” he said.
The singer revealed that he somewhat regrets his “dramatic” tattoos — on each bicep, “Alone” and “Honesty” — and said, “I don’t know why I got them. I look back on them now and I cringe. But I have to respect what I was feeling in the moment, you know?”
Smith, who came out publicly as gay in May 2014 in the lead-up to the release of his debut album, ‘In the Lonely Hour‘, which won four Grammy Awards, also addressed his “addictive personality” and sexuality. Recounting why he decided to wait before coming out to fans, he said:
“Looking back on it, it was the fear of saying the wrong thing and offending. And I was 19 when I started writing the first album. I’d just moved to London from a village – I was literally the only gay in the village. I didn’t know what I wanted to say,” Sam Smith said.
He explained that part of his hesitation was in wanting to have his talents be the topic of conversation, not his sexuality.
“I remember, at the beginning of my career, being called a ‘gay singer,’ and I didn’t want that. I wanted to be seen as a singer first, before people spoke about my private life. And now it’s changed – I’ve changed. I realize that maybe I don’t mind that title.”
Smith added that his new songs mark a departure from his former, more reticent self, now that he is able to be more open about who he is.
Speaking of the tracks off his upcoming sophomore album titled ‘The Thrill of It All’ which is due to be out on Nov. 3., Sam Smith said, “I think they show my growth, my confidence. I feel like they show me. They show the gay guy I’ve become.”