Sam Smith Explains Why He Identifies as Non-Binary and Genderqueer

Singer Sam Smith had a very open and honest discussion about his sexuality and gender with actress Jameela Jamil on her Instagram TV series I Weigh Interviews. Find out why Smith identifies as non-binary.

Sam Smith at the 2019 Brit Awards.
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Sam Smith explained ‘I am not male or female’

Smith, who came out as gay in 2014, shared his thoughts on why he identifies as non-binary/genderqueer, telling Jamil: “When I saw the word non-binary/genderqueer and I read into it and I heard these people speaking, I was like, ‘f**k, that is me.’”

The singer further explained: “Non-binary/genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation. That’s how I take it — I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between — it’s all on the spectrum.”

Smith added: “I’ve always been very free in terms of thinking about my sexuality, so I’ve just tried to change that into my thoughts on gender as well.”

Smith made a startling confession

Smith and Jamil also talked about the singer’s lifelong struggle with body image, as the singer confessed to having liposuction when he was just 12 years old. Smith shared, “When I was a kid, I was chubby,” explaining that he was “holding a lot of weight in my chest” and developed “breasts.”

Smith was bullied over his chest and even wanted his mother to write notes to the school to be excused from swimming lessons. The singer shared: “It’s something that’s been in me forever.”

“I had liposuction, I was 12 years old,” Smith explained, adding, “At the time, I think I was very happy about it. It didn’t really change anything. I think I put the weight back on in two weeks because I hadn’t figured out my relationship with food, so it didn’t really change anything. But being 12 years old and having liposuction on your chest is quite a big deal.”

Smith got candid about his struggles with body image

This history of dealing with body image, Smith admitted, is “the basis of all my sadness. Literally, everything I’ve ever been sad about is my weight. I struggle with it every day.”

Last month, Smith talked more about that struggle on Instagram, noting at the time: “In the past, if I have ever done a photo shoot with so much as a T-shirt on, I have starved myself for weeks in advance and then picked and prodded at every picture and then normally [have] taken the picture down. Yesterday I decided to fight the f**k back. Reclaim my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally.”

Smith called this conversation life changing

Smith shared the intereview video, noting: “A few months ago, I sat down with @jameelajamilofficial and spoke with her for her incredible @i_weigh movement. I know this sounds dramatic but this interview completely changed my life.”

The singer continued: “Being able to talk so openly about my body issues and feeling so safe whilst doing it was truly liberating. I am so thankful to Jameela and her team for this opportunity and being so respectful and kind to me. It took a lot for me to do this and I was so nervous, so please be kind haha. I really hope this can make someone else who feels like me, a little less lonely and a little less alien.”