I feel as much a woman as a man: Sam Smith

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Os­car-win­ning singer Sam Smith has opened up about his sex­u­al­ity and gen­der iden­tity, say­ing he feels “as much a woman as I am a man.” When asked why it took him a long time to come out, the 25-year-old Stay With Me singer said, “Look­ing back on it, it was the fear of say­ing the wrong thing and of­fendi ng peo­ple. 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,” he told The Times. Smith said that he likes to rock heels and his love for dress­ing has been a pas­sion for years. “I love a heel. I’ve got loads of heels at home. Peo­ple don’t know this, but when I was 17, I re­mem­ber be­com­ing ob­sessed with Boy Ge­orge and Mar­i­lyn (Mon­roe), and all that. There was one mo­ment in my life where I didn't own a piece of male cloth­ing, re­ally. I would wear full make-up ev­ery day in school, eye­lashes, leg­gings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats, for two and a half years.” He added, “I don’t know what the ti­tle would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am a man.” The Gram­my­win­ning singer also re­vealed that he spent a year at the lo­cal bars drown­ing his breakup sor­rows, but has taken a break from drink­ing now.

PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

Sam Smith is cur­rently in a re­la­tion­ship with ac­tor Bran­don Flynn

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