Sam Smith is well-known for his amazing voice, but his recent headlines aren’t about his music, but his recent revelation that he is gay. The 22-year-old singing star’s spotlight has shifted a bit from his musical talents to his role in the gay community.
Smith recently opened up to Ellen on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. When asked if he wanted to be a spokesperson for the gay community Smith said he did.
I’m a singer and a songwriter. I get upset sometimes because I don’t talk about it too much. People say he doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community. I do, of course I do, but I want to be a spokesperson for everyone. Ya know, straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want it to be limited, Smith shared.
Smith’s move to come out before his album release caught many by surprise. Many close to him worried that it would hurt his career, but Smith says he had no hesitations once he had made up his mind, reports E!
I wanted to do it before because if I did it afterwards, people probably would have thought I was lying just to sell records, Smith told Ellen.
“The most important thing is what matters is talent and this just happens to be who you are,” Ellen responded.
Smith said that those closest to him already knew, including his mother. He says that his mother knew a long, long time ago.
It didn’t feel like a coming out. I came out when I was like four years old. My mom said she knew when I was like three. So I didn’t have to actually properly come out, he added.
Smith, who recently was a winner at the American Music Awards, says that he is grateful for his success and is still exploring what is yet to come for him, reports Celebuzz.
Smith says that his fans have shared with him their intense stories of connecting to his music.
It’s so, so deeply important to me to be a spokesperson. I want to be, but not just for gay people, for straight people, for lesbians, transsexuals, anyone in the world. I want my music to relate to absolutely everyone, he said.
Sam was recently honored on Out Magazine’s Out 100 list, and featured on one of four covers along with Ellen Page, Zachary Pinto and Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley.
When asked about his future Smith said, he’s only 22 and still trying to figure everything out.