Out British singer Sam Smith revealed
in a new interview that he identifies as non-binary/genderqueer.
The 26-year-old Smith made his comments
on the debut episode of Jameela Jamil's Instagram-based show I
“When I saw the word
non-binary/genderqueer and I read into it and I heard these people
speaking, I was like, 'Fuck, that is me,'” Smith said, adding that
he prefers male pronouns.
“Non-binary/genderqueer is that you
do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of all different
things. You are your own special creation. That's how I take it –
I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between –
it's all on the spectrum,” he
“I've always been very free in terms
of thinking about my sexuality, so I've just tried to change that
into my thoughts on gender as well,” he added.
Elsewhere in the interview, Smith
revealed that he has struggled with his weight his entire life and
“carried extra estrogen” in his chest as a child, which made him
self-conscious and led to bullying.
“I had breasts,” Smith said. “I
used to get my mom to write a note to the school when I was like 8 so
I wouldn't have to go to swimming lessons. So it's something that's
been in me forever.”
Body image issues are “the basis of
all my sadness,” Smith added. “Literally everything I've ever
been sad about is my weight. I struggle with it every day.”