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English singer and songwriter Sam Smith has recently opened up about his gender identity, saying he feels “as much woman as I am man.”
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the Grammy Award-winning artist said that he had never conformed to traditional gender roles or stereotypes.
“There was one moment in my life where I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats, for two and a half years,” he said.
To this day, Smith says he maintains a fluid fashion style, adding that he purchases some of his clothes from a drag store called House Of Priscilla.
When asked if he felt like a cisgender (those whose gender identity matches their assigned sex) man, Smith responded no, and showed off two tattoos of the Venus symbol, often used to represent the female sex in relation to the goddess Venus.
Smith added that although he is unsure of what title his gender would fall under, he is very comfortable expressing himself whichever way it translates to him.
He also discussed his upcoming sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All.
Set to be released on November 3, the album will draw from Smith’s personal life and struggles with fame because, as he puts it, it has been a “thrilling three years of massive ups and downs.”
The album release will kick off with a North American Tour spanning 39 cities. The first live show will take place in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on June 18.