Singer Sam Smith came out as non-binary in 2019, and now they are speaking out after an awards show refused to get rid of their gender-based categories...
Sam Smith has shared a statement following the news...
And they are not happy. Keep scrolling to find out exactly what they had to say...
Now, Sam Smith is known for more than just their music...
Because, in more recent times, Smith has become better known as the face of the non-binary movement.
Having come out as "non-binary" in 2019...
Smith has been paving the way in which we view and address gender norms as a society.
But before that, Smith was more commonly known as one of the most successful pop stars of the decade.
via: GettyFrom Cambridgeshire, England, Smith made their first big break after their collaboration with Disclosure in the track "Latch" back in 2012.
Since then, the singer has risen to unprecedented levels of fame.
via: GettyTheir Disclosure collaboration instantly landed them a record deal, and, by early 2013, they had released “Lay Me Down," the first single from their debut album, In the Lonely Hour. Other hits include "Stay With Me" and "Too Good at Goodbyes."
Now, the singer has always been open about their sexuality...
via: GettyAnd has frequently written songs about love and relationships with other men. The themes defined In the Lonely Hour, in particular, had been composed in the wake of a romantic rejection by a heterosexual man.
However, it hasn't been an easy journey.
In a candid interview with British GQ, Smith detailed their experience with sexuality, explaining how "not fitting in" can make them feel "really depressed and sad." The singer also recalled "violent and scary" experiences within the gay community shortly after moving to London, admitting that they were forced to have therapy to come to terms with the "traumatic" encounters.
And, in 2019, Smith revealed that they identify as non-binary.
Smith has had issues with their body since they were young.
via: GettyAs a child, Smith revealed that they were “chubby" and “carried extra estrogen" in their chest, making them self-conscious and more susceptible to bullies. “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."
Sam is now working on loving their body...
And they even shared a topless picture on their Instagram, along with the caption: "In the past, if I have ever done a photoshoot with so much as a t-shirt on, I have starved myself for weeks in advance and then picked and prodded at every picture and then normally taken the picture down." "Yesterday I decided to fight the f**k back. Reclaim my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally."
And now, they are finally accepting their gender identity.
As well as their weight, Smith's gender has been an issue for years. "I've always had a little bit of a war going within my body and my mind," they said in the interview. "I do think as a woman sometimes, in my head. Sometimes I've questioned 'Do I want a sex change?'" "It's something I still think about, like, 'Do I want to?'"
Though Smith has always been open about their sexuality...
They had never before discussed their gender identity. “I've always been very free in terms of thinking about sexuality, so I’ve just tried to change that into my thoughts on gender as well." They further clarified identifying as genderqueer, stating “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."
It was after reading up on the definition of gender non-binary that Smith realized their true identity.
"When I saw the word non-binary, genderqueer, and I read into it, and I heard these people speaking, I was like, ‘f**k, that is me," the hitmaker revealed.
When the photographer doesn’t stop flirting with you pic.twitter.com/Q6cppaUQf8— samsmith (@samsmith) December 8, 2020
Smith has identified as "non-binary" ever since...
And they revealed shortly after their announcement that they wish to use gender-neutral pronouns, and even want others to use them when referring to them.
So, instead of "he," "him," and "his," they want to use "them," "they," and "their."
The revelation came after Hits Radio presenter, James Barr, used the gender-neutral pronoun when tweeting about his interview with the singer...
@imjamesbarr @hitsradiouk You’re one of the first people to use these pronouns with me. Thank you. That feels really beautiful— samsmith (@samsmith)1568110487.0
Smith would prefer for everyone to refer to them using these pronouns.
✏️happy place🎤 pic.twitter.com/NLwBqOnD0T— samsmith (@samsmith) November 26, 2020
A source close to the star explained:
"This is a decision Sam has thought long and hard about, including doing a lot of reading on up it. [They] know that it will take some people longer than others to fully get it.
"First the request is going out to mates and then it will be passed on to the music industry too. It's an exciting and groundbreaking time for them."
And while things seemed to be going well for Smith, they've received a recent knockback over news that the BRIT awards are keeping their gender-based categories...
Back in 2019, it was reported that the BRITs were planning to stop gender categories in a bid to include non-binary artists.
A source told The Sun that there has been "a lot of discussions" following the idea to implement gender-neutral categories...
The Grammys have been gender neutral for 7 years and nobody noticed but the second the Brit awards reviews it people go mental— tia ☁️🌌 (@tialeonni) September 23, 2019
Unfortunately, it turns out they won't be bringing that into play this year.
The source added:
"The concern is that looking at the artists who have released this year – with all of the restrictions and problems – scrapping separate male and female awards categories might actually have had more of a negative impact across the board.
"It's definitely something that is going to be looked at again in subsequent years."
In response to the news, Smith shared a message on their Instagram account...
"The Brits have been an important part of my career," they wrote, adding that "one of my earliest achievements was winning Critics Choice in 2014.
"Music for me has always been about unification not division. I look forward to a time where awards shows can be reflective of the society we live in. Let's celebrate everybody regardless of gender, race, age, ability, sexuality, and class."
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