British singer Sam Smith has a lot to be happy about this Christmas – his debut solo album In the Lonely Hour went number one around the world this year and he has just been selected as the artist who will write the next 007 theme song. On top of all of this he has also proven to be a great gay role model.
Speaking to Ellen this month Smith was particularly humble in the roll he plays as an openly gay performer.
“I get upset sometimes because I don’t talk about it too much. People say, ‘He doesn’t want to be a spokesman for the gay community.’ I do, of course I do,” Smith said.
“I want to be a spokesman for everyone,” “Ya know, straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want to be limited.”
The 22 year old singer decided to come out publicly shortly before the release of his hit album but the news was not a shock to those who knew him, and particularly not for his mother Kate.
“I came out when I was like 4 years old,” Smith revealed. “My mum said she knew when I was like 3. So I didn’t have to actually properly come out.”
“So you waited a year to tell her?” DeGeneres joked.
“I came out at a very, very young age. I kind of just felt like I needed to mention it before I released the record just so people knew what it was about.”
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