Singer Sam Smith says that he wants to be an international “voice for gay youth.”

The 23-year-old Smith, who came out publicly last year, appears on the cover of French gay glossy TÊTU.

Smith told the publication that his recently-created foundation would help people around the globe who are struggling to come out.

“I would like to become a voice for gay youth in difficulty around the world,” Smith said. “I just created a foundation.”

He added that he likes the thought of homophobes enjoying his music without being aware that he's gay.

“I like the idea that there may be homophobic guys who listen to my record and they have no clue that I'm gay!” he said.

Smith previously revealed that was the victim of violence because of his sexuality.

“When I moved to London, I got punched in the neck walking back from work,” he said. “It was definitely homophobic. I was on the phone speaking quite loudly and had pink earphone on, so it was pretty clear I was gay.”