This is a big month for British crooner Sam Smith. Not only did his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, drop just two days ago, on May 26, but now it appears the 22-year-old singer is opening up about his love life, stopping short of using words like “gay” or “queer.”
“I’ve never been in a relationship before,” Sam tells The Fader. “I’ve only been in unrequited relationships where people haven’t loved me back. I guess I’m a bit attracted to that in a bad way. In the Lonely Hour is about a guy I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back. I think I’m over it now, but I was in a very dark place. I kept feeling lonely in the fact that I hadn’t felt love before. I’ve felt the bad things. And what’s a more powerful emotion: pain or happiness?”
We applaud Sam for being open about his life and for also not feeling the pressure to put a label on himself. This announcement is strikingly similar to British Olympic diver Tom Daley’s YouTube announcement last year when he said he was in a relationship with another man. It wasn’t until later that he clarified that he is “a gay man now.”
Sam — third cousin to British singer Lily Allen and Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen — is a relative newcomer to the music industry, just entering the game in 2012 when he was featured on “Latch” by Disclosure and in Naughty Boy’s “La La La” in 2013.