Sam Smith's mum knew he was gay aged 3

Mary Gallagher

Sam Smith was interviewed by Sir Elton John for Attitude magazine this week and opened up to the superstar about how his family were incredibly supportive and accepted his sexuality from a young age.

He also said his mother, Kate, revealed to him that she knew he was gay when he was just three years old.

Sam Smith (Instagram)
Sam Smith (Instagram)

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter says Kate realised when he was a toddler, though he came out when he was aged 10, at which point his father Frederick started to fear he would get bullied for his
sexuality.

Reflecting on the track ‘Him’ from his upcoming second album, Sam shared: “The song is only semi-autobiographical. I came out when I was 10.

“I’d just finished primary school, going into secondary school, and I came out to my best friend when I was nine or 10.

“I was very sure of, and in, myself. When I told my mum she said she always knew, she said she knew when I was three, and my dad just asked if I was absolutely sure. And I was sure, even at that age, but they were incredibly supportive.”

Sam Smith took part in the hurricane relief telethon in the US (Instagram)
Sam Smith took part in the hurricane relief telethon in the US (Instagram)

Sam explained that his father was especially worried about him, because he thought people outside their family might not be so accepting of his sexuality.

In the interview with Sir Elton, Sam said: “I think my dad was scared for me, because of his own life experience.

“I think he saw a lot of kids get bullied and just felt really nervous for me.”

Sam admitted his dad’s fears escalated when the would-be star started to wear make-up to school.
The ‘Stay with Me’ hitmaker recalled: “Especially when, at 16 and 17, I used to wear a lot of make-up and dressed very differently at school. He didn’t have a problem with it, but he was really worried
about me.”

Sam Smith (Instagram)
Sam Smith (Instagram)

Sam also admitted that he did, at times, receive some “awful” abuse because of his sexuality.

He said: “I’ve always said I wasn’t [bullied], because I don’t think my experience was as bad as others I’ve heard of, but when I look back at it now, it wasn’t the easiest time.

“I was lucky, I had a very good group of friends around me, but some of the other boys could be absolutely awful to me at times.

“It’s nothing that has scarred me, though.”