In an interview with GQ magazine where he is described as ‘The New Face of Soul’, the 22-year-old six-time-Grammy-Nominated singer talks about being gay and falling for the more dangerous guys, building a legacy, being a diva, people not buying his record for his sexuality and more.
Read excerpts from his interview below...
On pop stars he admires: “Taylor Swift is amazing. I sang with her in London once but didn’t get to properly chill with her. Then, at the American Music Awards, I got to sit down with her and chat. She’s a role model. I really respect her. And she manages to sell a lot of records and make a lot of people happy financially, but also to keep that soulfulness, that honesty.”
On relationships: “In relationships. I feel so much more comfortable wanting what I’m never going to get. Like recently, I met two guys. One of them on paper is perfect and ticks all the boxes. The other is dangerous and—well, he ticks boxes actually, too. I’ve chosen him. I want that excitement. I want something that’s unobtainable. I made a statement recently about how Grindr and Tinder and those dating apps are just killing romance. People are losing the ability to just walk up to people in a bar and say hello. Sex is on tap, isn’t it, with apps like that? It may work for some people, but I miss the mystery. I find it much more sexy when someone’s fully dressed in a suit and you’ve got to work to undress them. Do you know what I mean? Instead of them just immediately being naked for you. I sound like a complete old soul right now, but I am. I just feel like people need role models, you know, that are dressed.”
On singing and being gay: “The main thing I wanted was everyone singing my songs. I wanted my first album to appeal to absolutely everybody, which was why I was scared in the beginning about speaking about my sexuality. I was so scared that a few stupid people weren’t going to pick up my record just because I was gay. Because I am not Sam Smith, the gay singer. I am Sam Smith, the singer who happens to be gay. I preach all the time about being myself and being comfortable with myself, but if I’m honest, I struggle every day. I’m still figuring out who I am. I don’t want to pretend I’ve got everything sorted out in my mind, because I really don’t.”
On not being a diva: “I’d like to be a diva in the sense of having that kind of presence as a singer. But no. I worry all the time, actually, if I’ve been a bit strict about something, am I being a dickhead? I tell my team all the time: Just tell me if I’m being a dickhead.”
For more on Sam, visit GQ.com!