And, in 2019, Smith revealed that they identify as non-binary. | 22 Words

Singer Sam Smith came out as non-binary in 2019, and now they are showing off their tattoo to honor it.

Since seeing the new inking, everyone has been saying the same thing...

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.

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From 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.

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Their 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...

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And 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.

In a revealing interview with actress, Jameela Jamil, Smith discussed topics such as fame, body image, and confidence. They then went on to admit that they have experienced conflicting emotions about their gender identity.

Smith has had issues with their body since they were young.

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As 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 t*pless 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.

Smith has identified as "non-binary" ever since...

And they revealed shortly after their announcement that they wish to use gender-neutral pronouns, and 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...

And Smith responded to his tweet, writing: "You’re one of the first people to use these pronouns with me. Thank you. That feels really beautiful."

Smith would prefer for everyone to refer to them using these pronouns.

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."

Things seem to be going well for Smith.

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And now they have had a heartwarming tattoo to celebrate their identity.

"ICON Sam Smith," tattoo artist Miles wrote in the caption.

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"Thanks for getting tattooed."

And the tattoo was revealed.

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It's beautifully done, with a beautiful message.

People are loving the sweet tribute.

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And it's not hard to see why.

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It's on Sam's inner arm.

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And shows a child looking in the mirror while wearing both underwear and heels.

Congratulations, Sam!

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