Sam Smith Opens Up About Gender Identity And Body Image Issues

Andie Manahan

March 18, 2019

Sam Smith is getting really real in his most revealing interview yet.


The “Stay With Me” singer got candid with Jameela Jamil in the premiere episode of her I Weigh Interviews on IGTV (Instagram TV), where he revealed that identifies as non-binary.


“When I saw the word non-binary/genderqueer and I read into it and I heard these people speaking, I was like, ‘F—, that is me,’” he revealed in the interview.


Sam explains that “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 still opts for male pronouns at present, but further discussed: “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.”


In the interview, the 26-year-old singer also took the chance to shine the light on something that’s not usually discussed – body issues in men. “I haven’t really found many men talking about this,” Sam said. “Even doing this chat feels kind of weird, because guys don’t speak about this that much on a big scale.”


Opening up his body image issues, he shares it’s something he’s struggled with “from since I can remember, like since I was a baby.”


“When I was a kid, I was chubby…and I was holding a lot of weight in my chest,” Sam revealed. “When I hit 11 years old, I went to the doctor’s. I was so self-conscious that it was affecting my mood every day.”


He shared that carrying extra estrogen in his system led to developing breasts, for which he got bullied by his classmates – so much so that he agreed to get a liposuction at 12 years old to reduce the weight in his chest.


“At the time I think I was very happy about it,” Sam shared. “I think I put the weight back on in two weeks because I hadn’t figured out my relationship with food, so it didn’t really change anything. But being 12 years old and having liposuction on your chest is quite a big deal.”


He also admits that his struggles with his body image is “the basis of all my sadness. Literally, everything I’ve ever been sad about is my weight. I struggle with it every day.”


Sam has also spoken out about his body image issues in the past. Just last month, he went on Instagram to share a shirtless photo of himself with an inspiring message about learning to love his body.


“In the past if I have ever done a photo shoot 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,” he revealed.  


“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,” he continued. “Some may take this as narcissistic and showing off but if you knew how much courage it took to do this and the body trauma I have experienced as a kid you wouldn’t think those things.”


“Thank you for helping me celebrate my body AS IT IS @ryanpfluger,” he added. “I have never felt safer than I did with you. I’ll always be at war with this bloody mirror but this shoot and this day was a step in the right f–king direction 👅🤘🏼🍑”