Last March, the media praised pop singer Sam Smith on his drastic loss of 14 lbs. in just two weeks. He credited nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, author of “Eat. Nourish. Glow.,” in an Instragram post saying that his relationship with food completely “transformed.” His confidence on social media portrays Smith’s positive side, but in a recent interview segment on the Australian edition of “60 Minutes,” he reveals that his stardom doesn’t make him invincible.
Smith is one of many openly-gay artists that has revealed their sexual orientation to the public through the media. Musicians Adam Lambert and Frank Ocean, actress Ellen Page, and NFL Player Michael Sam are all iconic celebrities who have come out publicly. In the segment, Smith also reveals when he decided to come out to his parents when he was 10 years old.
“I actually came out as gay at a dinner party. My mom was throwing a dinner party downtstairs. Chose my moment and my mom was just like, ‘We know. We’ve known since you were 3 years old.’ She was like, ‘As long as you feel certain in yourself, then that’s fine.’ That’s what my dad said. He was like, ‘Are you sure? Because you need to be sure before you start telling everyone something,’ And I was like, ‘I’m positive.'”
Smith has always been comfortable with his sexual orientation. “Never had confusion in myself,” he added. But Smith did hold a certain insecurity to which many people can relate. Since his childhood, Smith has always looked to food for comfort.
“From a young age, food has controlled me, basically. Massively comfort food. When I was at school and not having a great time or when music wasn’t going well, I would eat, and eating would make me feel better. When I felt lonely, I would eat.”
Because of this, he felt that negative comments about his appearance had a deeper impact than hate statements about his sexuality.
“If someone called me fat, that affects me way more than someone calling me a f—-t. I think just because I’ve accepted that if someone calls me a f—-t… I am gay, and I’m very proud to be gay and there’s no issues there. If someone called me fat, that’s something I want to change, you know? That’s something I can change, so that affects me more.”
Even though Smith is a famous musician, he shows his human side by worrying about the same issues as anyone else. He ended with a statement that proves he will always strive to be better, showing his humility and pride in what he does as an artist not just for his fans, but for himself.
“People always ask me, you know, ‘how are you going to write another album if you’re happy?’ And I reassure them and say I will never truly be 100 percent happy. It’s sad but true, I’m a melancholy person. And actually, if I wasn’t like that, I don’t think I’d be grounded. I think if everything was ok, I’d probably be a bit of a diva.”
Watch the full segment below:
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