Sam Smith is giving fans a rare glimpse into the person he is today and the person he was. In an interview with Sunday Times, the singer opened up to writer Louis Wise about his sexuality and his gender.
When asked about why it took him so long to come out, the now-25-year-old Stay With Me singer said, “Looking back on it, it was the fear of saying the wrong thing and offending. And I was 19 when I started writing the first album. I’d just moved to London from a village—I was literally the only gay in the village. I didn’t know what I wanted to say.”
When the writer asked if does he feel like a “cisgender” man (Cisgender is a term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth), he flashed two Venus symbol tattoos at the writer and said, “No. I mean, I’ve got these tattoos on my fingers. I don’t know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man.”