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English singer-songwriter Sam Smith is opening up more than ever he has before, showing the world that he is totally OK with experimenting with gender and defining himself as something more than just one gender.
In a new interview with The Sunday Times, Smith reveals his fondness for stereotypical women’s clothing, and that he feels as much woman as he does man.
“I love a heel. I’ve got loads of heels at home,” adding he will “buy everything – heels, dresses,” when he goes shopping at the Sydney drag store, House of Priscilla, whenever he visits Australia.
“There was one moment in my life where I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really,” he told The Sunday Times. “I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr. Martens and huge fur coats, for 2.5 years.”
“I got teased for it. But there were also people respecting me for walking around like that in my school.”
Asked if he considers himself 100% male, Sam replied, “I feel just as much woman as I am man.”
In an interview with Elton John last month, the pair discussed Sam’s upcoming second album and one of the tracks, called “Him” that revolves around coming out.
“I came out when I was 10,” Smith said. “I’d just finished primary school, going into secondary school, and I came out to my best friend when I was nine or 10.”
“I was very sure of, and in, myself. When I told my mum she said she always knew, she said she knew when I was three, and my dad just asked if I was absolutely sure.”
“And I was sure, even at that age, but they were incredibly supportive.”
With the Sunday Times, he explains why he’s been so open about his sexuality and gender identity this time around as opposed to his first album that came out in 2014.
“Looking back on it, it was the fear of saying the wrong thing and offending,” Smith said. “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.”
Today, Smith seems to have no trouble finding the words.