The ‘Stay With Me’ singer, Sam Smith, has reportedly requested to be referred to as ‘they’ instead of ‘he,’ six months after confirming a non-binary identity.
We live in an age where gender fluidity is becoming a common thing and more accepted.
Today, many people are coming out as “non-binary” or “gender-fluid” and the idea that someone doesn’t need a set gender is becoming more prevalent.
This comes after an increase in the number of celebrities and influencers coming out as non-binary. And the latest celebrity to make this life-changing announcement is Sam Smith, a British pop star.
Smith, who has been openly gay, has just revealed the wish to identify as non-binary, and has asked friends, fans, and family to refer to them as “they” instead of “he.”
A source told The Sun:
“This is a decision Sam has thought long and hard about, including doing a lot of reading on up it. He knows 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 him.”
Smith, who confirmed non-binary identity in March, has revealed that “they never felt comfortable being a man.” The singer has also been known to have a taste for killer heels.
Smith had previously spoken about the ‘war’ they experienced in finding their identity. On Monday, September 9, Smith thanked Hits Radio presenter, James Barr, on Twitter when he referred to the star as ‘they.’
James Barr tweeted:
“Just interviewed @samsmith and they sounded so happy and free and more themselves than ever. It’s made me feel like the world is a good place again.”
While Smith responded:
“You’re one of the first people to use these pronouns with me. Thank you. That feels really beautiful.”
In an interview with GQ in May, Smith explained how their early experience in the gay community was “quite violent and scary at times.”
“I didn’t really realize how awful they were until I started therapy and started to uproot some of that stuff. It was a lot. Those first experiences, they weren’t very kind.”
“Ever since I was a little boy, ever since I was a little human, I didn’t feel comfortable being a man really. I never really did.”
“Some days I’ve got my manly side and some days I’ve got my womanly side, but it’s when I’m in the middle of that switch that I get really, really depressed and sad. Because I don’t know who I am or where I am or what I’m doing, and I feel very misunderstood by myself. I realized that’s because I don’t fit into either.”
Smith is visibly happier than they ever has been before, so whether they identify as male, female, or neither, it does not matter. Their happiness is what counts.