Sam Smith and Rita Ora are two British artists who are openly gay.
And after the United States Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage to be legal, the two joined the gay community in the celebrations, with Sam Smith expressing his joy on Instagram by posting a picture of a gay couple with the following message.
“ALL 50 STATES!!!! So happy. Times are changing my friends.
We have such a long way to go and so much more fighting to do so I hope nobody stops and thinks everything’s ok because it isn’t, BUT it’s days like today, and moments like this that we’ve all gotta have a drink and celebrate how far we have come.
I couldn’t be prouder to be gay x love to all x #PRIDE #EQUALITY.”
Rita Ora, on the other hand, posted a rainbow flag picture on Instagram and the following message.
“Love wins all”
President Obama was also vocal about the ruling, tweeting 12 times about the new victory. Some of his tweets read,
“This ruling is a victory for friends, families, and organizers who fought tirelessly for years for marriage equality. #LoveWins”
“Retweet to spread the word. #LoveWins”
“America is a place where you can write your own destiny.” —President Obama #LoveWins”
Sam Smith first made his sexuality public in 2014. At the time, Sam Smith said his family knew that he was gay, which made it easier for him to come out in public. On how his family came to know about it, he said, “I came out when I was like four years-old! My mum said she knew when I was like three… I didn’t have to actually properly come out. “
This was during Sam Smith’s interview with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
However, according to Capitalfm, Sam Smith did not want to be seen as a spokesperson for the marginalized gay community.
“My aim is to tell people how good it’s been for me so that, hopefully, gay men or parents with gay children can look at my story and think, ‘Wow, that’s how it should be.”
Sam Smith also revealed during an interview with Fader in 2014 that although he wrote songs about love, he had actually never experienced it.
“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. [My debut album] 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?”
Currently, Sam Smith is working on a collab with Disclosure on their new album, Caracal.
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