Sam Smith speaks about how their image has changed and feeling ‘afraid’ to express themselves


Sam Smith has spoken about how their image has changed throughout their career as they posed up a storm for a show-stopping cover shoot.

The singer, 30, spoke about their rise to fame at the age of 22 with their debut studio album In the Lonely Hour and how they wanted to ‘fit in’ at the time.

Sam, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, admitted they then got ‘fed up’ of trying to conform as they spoke while posing for a Rolling Stone UK shoot.

Incredible: Sam Smith has spoken about how their image has changed throughout their career as they posed up a storm for a show-stopping cover shoot

They told the publication: ‘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.’

The Too Good At Goodbyes hitmaker went on to admit they were ‘afraid’ to express their ‘sex’ and ‘happiness’ through their music at the start of their career.

They said they felt apprehensive to discuss such ‘private’ themes within their songs and admitted they felt like they needed to ‘break out’ from that.

Candid: The singer, 30, spoke about their rise to fame at the age of 22 and how they wanted to 'fit in' at the time as they posed up a storm for a Rolling Stone UK cover shoot

Candid: The singer, 30, spoke about their rise to fame at the age of 22 and how they wanted to ‘fit in’ at the time as they posed up a storm for a Rolling Stone UK cover shoot 

They continued: ‘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. 

‘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.’

Sam and Kim Petras recently topped the global charts with Grammy-nominated song Unholy, making history as the first non-binary and transgender stars respectively to have a number one hit.

Sam, who is gearing up for the release of their fourth album Gloria on January 27, said their success has shown that ‘queer music is for everyone’ as they spoke about growing up surrounded by music about heterosexual love.

Candid: Sam, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, admitted they then got 'fed up' of trying to conform

Candid: Sam, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, admitted they then got ‘fed up’ of trying to conform

As well as discussing their evolving music career, Sam posed up a storm in an incredible cover shoot, rocking an array of stylish outfits.

Sam sported an array of T-shirts featuring chart-topping musicians, including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Rihanna and ABBA.

For one look, Sam styled a black printed T-shirt with a smart blazer and a pair of chunky black boots, accessorising with a chain necklace and droplet earrings.

Another sensational shot saw Sam flexing their arm muscles as they posed in a black vest top, printed with a picture of Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster album cover.

Honest: The Too Good At Goodbyes hitmaker went on to admit they were 'afraid' to express their 'sex' and 'happiness' through their music at the start of their music career

Honest: The Too Good At Goodbyes hitmaker went on to admit they were ‘afraid’ to express their ‘sex’ and ‘happiness’ through their music at the start of their music career

Stylish: As well as discussing their evolving music career, Sam posed up a storm in an incredible cover shoot, rocking an array of stylish outfits

Stylish: As well as discussing their evolving music career, Sam posed up a storm in an incredible cover shoot, rocking an array of stylish outfits

They styled their top with a pair of washed-out blue jeans and showed off their intricate arm tattoos in the shot.

In another picture, Sam sported a white T-shirt featuring pink long-sleeves and a picture of Britney Spears, which they styled with baggy blue jeans.

They kept comfortable in a pair of black lace-up boots and added a touch of glitz with a beaded necklace and white earrings. 

Sam also dressed to impress in a white vest top with Rihanna’s Rated R album cover printed across it, while they slung a black jacket across their arms.

Music: Sam sported an array of T-shirts featuring chart-topping musicians, including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Rihanna and ABBA

Music: Sam sported an array of T-shirts featuring chart-topping musicians, including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Rihanna and ABBA

For another look, the pop star sported a Freddie Mercury T-shirt, styled with a white shirt dress and blue distressed jeans.

They also sported a pair of chunky black boots and slung a washed-out denim jacket over their T-shirt.

Sam also styled a black ABBA T-shirt with denim shorts and a long black jacket featuring white stitching for the photoshoot.

Sam has been busy gearing up for the release of his fourth studio album Gloria and recently announced they are doing a 27-date tour across North America.

Sensational: Sam also dressed to impress in a white vest top with Rihanna's Rated R album cover printed across it, while they slung a black jacket across their arms

Sensational: Sam also dressed to impress in a white vest top with Rihanna’s Rated R album cover printed across it, while they slung a black jacket across their arms

The North America tour will be added onto their European tour which starts in Sheffield in April with dates around the UK before gigs in Berlin, Oslo and Cologne among others. 

They will perform songs from Gloria, which will be released later this month, which features their Grammy-nominated single Unholy.

Taking to Instagram, Sam announced the tour would kick off on July 25 in Miami and finish on September 25 in Ciudad de Mexico. 

Exciting: Sam has been busy gearing up for the release of his fourth studio album Gloria and recently announced they are doing a 27-date tour across North America

Exciting: Sam has been busy gearing up for the release of his fourth studio album Gloria and recently announced they are doing a 27-date tour across North America  

Sharing their exciting announcement, they wrote: ‘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.

‘RSVP on the link in my stories to get the pre-sale password and get access to limited pre-sale tickets from Wednesday 11th at 9am local. General sale tickets are available from Friday 13th at 9am local. Love you all… Sx’ 

Read read the full feature at www.rollingstone.co.uk

Busy schedule: Taking to Instagram, Sam announced the tour would kick off on July 25 in Miami and finish on September 25 in Ciudad de Mexico

Busy schedule: Taking to Instagram, Sam announced the tour would kick off on July 25 in Miami and finish on September 25 in Ciudad de Mexico 



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