Sam Smith: ‘I want to be a spokesperson for the gay community’

Sam Smith

Sam Smith Dan Hallman, Invision (AP)

Sam SmithDan Hallman, Invision (AP)

Sam Smith

“I want to be a spokesperson. I want to be a figure in the gay community, who speaks for gay men. I sell records in countries where gay men get killed and that’s a big thing for me, because maybe one person in that country will pick up my album, realize it’s by a gay artist, and it might change their opinion…

I’m a gay man who came out when I was 10 years old, and there’s nothing in my life that I’m prouder of…. I didn’t want the album to appeal to just one community, I wanted it to appeal to all of them. I wanted anyone, gay or straight, to be able to relate to me singing about men, like I was able to relate to Stevie Wonder or John Legend singing about girls.”

Sam Smith, who in 2014 stated that he “wasn’t trying to be a spokesperson” for the gay community, consciously revises his stance in a new interview with NME

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