Sam Smith continues to navigate life as a non-binary human being.
In a recent interview with Australian outlet The Project, the “Stay with Me” singer admits they sometimes refer to themselves by the wrong pronouns.
“I’ll trip up, too,” the Grammy winner said. “Of course I do. I’m a human being. I’ve been called ‘he’ and ‘him’ since the day I was born, 27 years of my life, so I can understand.”
After declaring themselves as non-binary in a March 2019 episode of “I Weigh Interviews,” the musician announced in a September 2019 Instagram post that their preferred pronouns are “they/them.”
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Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it! I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you. P.s. I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am. So for now I just want to be VISIBLE and open. If you have questions and are wondering what this all means I’ll try my best to explain but I have also tagged below the human beings who are fighting the good fight everyday. These are activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community that have helped me and given me so much clarity and understanding. @tomglitter @munroebergdorf @transnormativity @alokvmenon @katemoross @glamrou @travisalabanza @twyrent @chellaman @jvn @lavernecox @stonewalluk @glaad @humanrightscampaign @mermaidsgender Love you all. I’m scared shitless, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x
During the sit-down, the British crooner also revealed that their mom gets upset when she uses the wrong pronouns to address Smith. While Smith is understanding, they note the importance of addressing an individual correctly.
“It’s like, it’s okay, but it is important, you know?” Smith said. “All I can say is, when people use my pronouns correctly, it’s a wonderful feeling. I feel safe, and I feel happy, and I feel completely seen.”
While speaking to “I Weigh Interviews” host Jameela Jamil, Smith elaborated on their non-binary and genderqueer identity.
“Non-binary/genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender,” Smith — who at the time used male pronouns — said. “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.”
They continued, “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.”