‘I got fed up with fitting in’: Sam Smith speaks about their image change

Sam Smith has spoken out about their image change  (Getty Images for iHeartRadio)
Sam Smith has spoken out about their image change (Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

Sam Smith has opened up about embracing their true identity as they have discussed their image change in a new interview.

Smith, who goes by they/them pronouns, initially wanted to “fit in” after breaking into the music industry aged 22, and repressed themselves as a result.

The Unholy singer, 30, eventually became “fed up” of trying to conform and “broke out”, they revealed in the latest issue of Rolling Stone UK.

The publication’s February/March cover star said: “In the time that people have known me — from In the Lonely Hour, at the age of 22 – was a time when I didn’t want to dress up as much; it was a time when I wanted to take a break and fit in.

“And then I got fed up with fitting in and wanted to go back to how I was when I was younger.”

Smith had fears early on in their career to express their “sex” in their music, as they didn’t want to make themselves vulnerable to such “private” themes, however later realised that it was this openness and self-acceptance that would help them feel free.

“I ran into this world and it was not the world I thought it was. I was afraid to express certain things… my sex in the music, my happiness within the music,” Smith said.

Smith admitted to being “afraid” early on in their career to express their “sex” (Getty Images)
Smith admitted to being “afraid” early on in their career to express their “sex” (Getty Images)

“Those themes were sometimes incredibly private and I felt more comfortable showing other sides of me, I wasn’t feeling repressed, but I was definitely feeling like I needed to break out, for sure, towards the end.”

The Stay with Me singer’s new cover feature comes ahead of the release of their fourth studio album Gloria, which drops January 27, nearly nine years after their debut album release.

Last year, Smith made history with Kim Petras as they became the first non-binary and transgender artists respectively to top the charts with their Grammy-nominated song Unholy.

Smith celebrated other record-breaking musicians in their latest shoot, as they were pictured rocking stylish outfits showcasing images of Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears on the front.

Following the release of their fourth album, Smith is set to embark on a 27-date US tour.

They announced recently: “GLORIA - THE TOUR. NORTH AMERICA. This is going to be so special, it’s been too long sailors!! Can’t wait to see all your gorgeous faces and celebrate the era of GLORIA together.”