Appearing on Ellen, British
crooner Sam Smith discussed why he felt that it was important to come
out gay before the release of his debut album, In The Lonely Hour.
The 22-year-old Smith told host Ellen
DeGeneres that he's been out since he was 4.
“It didn't feel like a coming out,”
Smith said. “I came out like when I was 4 years old. My mum said
she knew when I was like 3, so I didn't actually have to properly
“So you waited a year to tell her?”
“Yeah, I waited a year,” Smith said
with a laugh.
“I kind of felt like I just had to
mention it before I released my record,” Smith added. “I wanted
to do it before, because … if I did it afterwards, people would
have probably thought I was lying just to sell records, which wasn't