British singer-songwriter Sam Smith has opened up on his thoughts on gender identity in a new interview, revealing that he doesn’t specifically identify as a cis man.
Talking to the Sunday Times in the UK, Smith was asked if he feels like a cisgender man, to which he replied “no”, before going on to say he “I don’t know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man.”
The 25-year-old, who is set to return to our fair shores for a Sydney Opera House gig next January, also discusses how from a young age he felt drawn to female clothing:
People don’t know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn. There was one moment in my life when I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really.
I would wear full make-up every day at school – eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats, for two and a half years.
Sam also gave Australia a shout out via a reference to Sydney’s own House of Priscilla, a drag/costume store he frequents when he’s in town:
Oh my god, I just buy everything – heels, dresses. We have a great time.
Whilst its not exactly akin to Smith coming out as gender-fluid or non-binary per se, it’s great to see such a high-profile figure discussing gender as not a clearly-defined, male or female situation.