Four-time Grammy winner Sam Smith has been actively documenting his remarkable weight loss journey on social media. On his Instagram profile, the singer archived his incredible transformation as he lost 14 lbs. in a couple of weeks.
Last Sunday, Smith opened up about his emotional struggle with food and his weight problems. In an interview with Australian 60 Minutes, the singer confessed that he had been fighting the same struggle since he was young.
Recalling his younger years, Smith related.
“From a young age, food has controlled me, basically. When I was at school and wasn’t having a great time or when music wasn’t going very well, I would eat. When I felt lonely, I would eat.”
The 22-year-old artist, who publicly came out as gay back in May 2014, said that being called fat affects him more than homophobic insults. Smith explained.
“I am gay and I’m proud to be gay so there’s no issues there. If someone calls you fat, it’s like, that’s something I want to change. That affects me more.”
Aside from talking about his struggle against weight, Smith also talked about his sexuality. When asked if he had ever struggled about it, the singer quickly responded that he never did. “I never had confusion with myself,” Smith pointed out.
The singer also shared some of his unpleasant experiences being a gay member of the community. He recounted several encounters wherein he was punched in the neck and another, where he was called a fa—ot. Smith claimed that those incidents do not affect him. This is when he also started to open up about his weight issues, starting with the statement that he feels more affected when someone calls him fat than a fa—ot.
Smith started publicly sharing about his weight loss on March 17. On his Instagram account, the singer expressed his gratitude to nutritional therapist Amelia Freer who authored Eat. Nourish. Glow.
Smith referred to her as a woman who “completely changed” his life for the better by helping him lose “over a stone in 2 weeks.” He also said that Freer transformed his “relationship with food” and he encouraged everyone to read her “incredible book.” Smith also enjoined his followers to start living healthy. He wrote, “It’s not even about weight loss. It’s about feeling happy in yourself.”
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