Sam Smith Comes Out as Non-Binary

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 17, 2019

In an interview with The Good Place's Jameela Jamil, "Dancing With a Stranger" crooner Sam Smith came out as genderqueer and non-binary.

While appearing on Jameela Jamil's new series I Weigh Interviews, the Grammy victor was asked what "Non-binary, genderqueer" identity means to him.

After coming out as gay when he was 10, and having liposuction at 12 to remove breasts that developed from excess levels of estrogen, his struggles with issues of gender surfaced, but as of recently he has tried to come to terms with his reality.

Although he thought about becoming a woman in the past, he now has dismissed the idea of having a sex change.

In February, Smith opened up about his "body trauma" in an emotional Instagram post.

What does that mean exactly?

"Non-binary/genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender", Smith, who still opts for male pronouns at present, explains. You are a mixture of all different things. "That's how I take it: I'm not male or female".

The musician also laid out how he personally sees being non-binary, saying that he isn't either gender necessarily but rather "I think I float somewhere in between", the outlet reported.

Watch Smith's full interview with Jamil here.

"I've sometimes sat there and questioned, do I want a sex change?" he said. And I think that spin-balled everything actually.

Speaking at the Grammy Awards in 2016, Sam admitted his weight-loss journey had been aided by subtle tweaks to his diet. He shared that his attempts to obtain muscles and a fit body conflicted with the parts of him that felt feminine. I do think like a woman in my head at times.

"That spinballed everything actually, because that's me, looking at myself [thinking], maybe I'm not a man, maybe I'm not a woman, maybe I'm just me and maybe that's ok".

"When I was a kid, I was chubby", Smith explained, adding that in their preteen years, they were "holding a lot of weight in my chest".

There aren't many openly non-binary celebrities - director Jill Solloway, model Ezra Miller, actress Ruby Rose, and drag queen Sasha Velour are the most visible - even as more and more teens identify as non-binary or genderqueer than ever before.

"I was so self-conscious that it was affecting my mood every day and my life as a teenager", said Smith.

In the interview, he claimed that he loved heels, had an obsession with Boy George and Marilyn Monroe and wore women's clothing when he was younger. No one treats me the same, ever. "I struggle with it every day". I want to speak out about body issues and weight in men.

Sam, who is about to embark on a short tour in South Africa, also opened up about battling with his weight growing up, revealing that he had liposuction at 12-years-old.

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