Sam Smith: Singer Contemplated Suicide Over Weight Issues

Although he’s an award-winning international superstar singer, Sam Smith recently opened up about his weight issues, showing everyone that fame doesn’t always equal happiness.

The Daily Star reports that the 23-year-old “Stay With Me” singer talked about his past issues with weight and how he was so depressed with his size that he contemplated taking his own life.

“I saw a picture of me on New Year’s Eve topless on a beach in Sydney and it made me want to kill myself. I just thought I was huge. I’ve had issues with my weight since I was a kid… My dad became a fitness trainer when I was 12 and he tried to help me, but I’ve always had issues.”

It wasn’t until after Smith met up with renowned dietician Amelia Freer that the singer began to shed his excess pounds through a beneficial nutrition program and fitness regime.

“I was put in contact with Amelia Freer, the dietician who got Boy George to lose all his weight.”

Smith also credits his fame and success to his weight loss, stating that without the resources that comes with being a celebrity, he would have never been able to lose the type of weight he has.

“It’s impossible to eat healthily if you don’t have any money.”

Sam Smith's weight loss inspired many of his young fans to make healthy eating choices.
Sam Smith’s weight loss inspired many of his young fans to make healthy eating choices.

In other news, some celebrities are fine with weight gain, including actress and singer Selena Gomez, who was recently spotted at the beach wearing a bikini. Critics made insensitive remarks about her obvious weight gain, but the actress struck back at the “fat shamers” during a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest, claiming that she is perfectly happy with her weight.

“I feel very empowered and confident in where I am. I think it took me a long while to get there because the past year was so interesting because I’ve never been body-shamed before. I dealt with a whole other set of issues that was really interesting.”

Regardless, suicidal thoughts are prevalent among many people dealing with weight issues, especially teenagers. The Center for Advancing Health states that overweight young people are more likely to contemplate suicide when compared to those with a normal weight size. These thoughts can emerge as early as the age of 10. Girls who consider suicide are significantly higher than overweight boys, although both genders are at risk, especially if teased by peers.

Sam Smith has become a pillar for overweight children and teens across the world. According to Freer, Smith’s young fans began taking more of an interest in fitness and eating better after they witnessed their idol’s dramatic weight loss.

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