Only a few days ago, I put up a post about British singer Sam Smith, and his music video for “Leave Your Lover”. In that post, I spoke about my irritation at the media seemingly trying to force Sam Smith out of the closet by assuming that the hinted gay love triangle in the video was a personal story. I also said that if Sam Smith really were gay, then he should be allowed to come out on his own. Well, he has.
In the June/July 2014 issue of the magazine, Fader, Sam Smith opens up about his sexuality, and reveals that his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, is about a man with whom he fell in love.
I’ve never been in a relationship before. I’ve only been in unrequited relationships where people haven’t loved me back. I guess I’m a little bit attracted to that in a bad way. In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back. I think I’m over it now, but I was in a very dark place. I kept feeling lonely in the fact that I hadn’t felt love before. I’ve felt the bad things. And what’s a more powerful emotion: pain or happiness?
He also speaks about the fact that this is his first time publicly disclosing his sexual orientation.
I am comfortable with myself, and my life is amazing in that respect. I’m very comfortable and happy with everything. 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. I’ve tried to be clever with this album, because it’s also important to me that my music reaches everybody. I’ve made my music so that it could be about anything and everybody— whether it’s a guy, a female or a goat—and everybody can relate to that. I’m not in this industry to talk about my personal life unless it’s in a musical form.
I’m only slightly surprised that he’s already come out. But I’m tremendously happy that it was on his terms, in a way that he felt comfortable doing… not because a creative endeavour for a music video prompted idiots to go snooping into his private life. I also applaud his bravery, because as much as we would like to hope that a celebrity revealing that they’re not heterosexual is no longer career-damning, it might be for an up-and-comer like Sam Smith. Here’s hoping that it really isn’t an issue, because his is a talent that should not be ignored, whether or not he’s gay.