Sam Smith Credits Lady Gaga For Helping Them Come Out As Non-Binary: "She Gave Me Permission To Be Myself"

Sam Smith Credits Lady Gaga For Helping Them Come Out As Non-Binary: "She Gave Me Permission To Be Myself"
October 28, 2020 - 18:35 / Amanda Stanford

UK songwriter Sam Smith is opening up about their decision to come out as non-binary and credits their favourite artist, Lady Gaga, for helping them come to terms with their identity.

Sam Smith is opening up about gender identity and revealing why they decided it was time to announce to the world they're non-binary and proud!

Revealing that they felt more comfortable thanks to one of the biggest LGBTQ+ allies, Lady Gaga, Smith revealed how Gaga gave them a sense of courage.

Sam Smith credits Lady Gaga for support in identity

Sam Smith is revealing the journey they've undergone in becoming comfortable with their identity. During a self-shot video for Vogue, Smith is revealing how they were able to come to terms with who they were, and why it was so important to let people know.

Sam Smith attends the Los Angeles Premiere of "Judy".

First revealing they came out as gay at just 10 years old, Smith went on to talk about how Lady Gaga helped inspire them to come to terms with every part of themselves. 

"When I hit 14, 15, I started to really question my gender and started to really want to express myself," they said. 

"Makeup for me was the way to do that," Smith continued, adding, "It doesn't matter whatever gender you are, you know, it's a form of expression and it feels nice."

The British icon then shared that it was Lady Gaga who helped them come to terms with their gender.

"Gaga is probably the reason why I actually came to terms with my gender," they revealed. "I was 15 when The Fame came out and I was obsessed with Lady Gaga."

"She gave me complete permission to be myself and to be proud of my queerness. It was a form of expression, but it was also weirdly a form of protection," the award-winning singer continued. 

"I'm confident and I'm powerful in my queerness," they stated.

It was last year when Smith officially came out as non-binary, asking those to refer to them as they/them pronouns, after a lifetime of "being at war" with themselves. 

Smith added that they were extremely fortunate to have such amazing support, and understands when mistakes are made, but only asks that everyone tries to be respectful.

Earlier this month, Smith also sat down with The Sunday Times and shared they "always had body dysmorphia."

"As I started to address that, I started to address my gender and realized that I was holding myself to these ideals of how a man should look," they said to the publication at the time.

"As I looked into it, I did therapy, I realized there was more to it," they added.