After a number of “traumatic” sexual experiences, British singer-songwriter Sam Smith started going to a therapist. He admitted these experiences happened after he first ventured into London’s gay scene.
Sam identifies as non-binary and opened up to British GQ Magazine about the difficulties he had to face when coming to terms with his own sexuality, according to Music News. He is their latest cover star for British GQ’s Heroes issue.
In the interview, Sam reflects on the days when he felt unwelcomed in the LGBTQ+ community, something that had a huge effect on his views about love and relationships.
“Those first experiences, they weren’t very kind. I wasn’t hurt, it wasn’t anything absolutely awful, but it was traumatic,” Smith said sighing.
“It wasn’t a good welcoming into my sexual life and my life as a young man. I think it definitely stunted my belief in love at times.”
The “Stay With Me” hitmaker revealed that his ongoing battles with mental health and body confidence had something to do with his number of sexual misfortunes. He realized this was a problem after seeking therapy.
“That’s probably the first time I started to feel sadness. It wasn’t orgies, it was just a very different life to the one I knew in the countryside,” he said.
“It was mainly sexual. I didn’t really realize how awful they were until I started therapy and started to uproot some of that stuff,” he continued.
Recently, Smith has been posting numerous body positive posts on his Instagram page. At the beginning of last month, The Inquisitr reported his topless “sexy bloated” selfies that he shared to his fans. A couple of days later, he shared another topless photo to his Instagram with a positive message below the image. The “Like I Can” singer expressed that he had always hated being naked and that he celebrated his body by having a naked day. He said he felt empowered and recommended that his followers also have naked days too.
Since the 2014 release of his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, Sam has gone on to achieve global success. The album topped the charts in the U.K., Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Sweden while peaking at No. 2 on the U.S. albums chart. His second studio album, The Thrill Of It All, was released in 2017. It topped the charts around the globe again, but this time also in the U.S.
Smith has had six U.K. No. 1 singles — “Money On My Mind,” “Stay With Me,” “Lay Me Down,” “Writing’s On The Wall,” “Too Good at Goodbyes,” and “Promises.” He has won three BRIT Awards — Critics’ Choice, British Breakthrough Act and Global Success.
In 2015, his debut album earned him six Grammy Award nominations and he took home four — Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
His latest single is a collaboration with Normani titled “Dancing With A Stranger.” So far, the single has peaked at No. 3 in the U.K. and No. 7 in the U.S.