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'I think I flow somewhere in-between'
Pop and R&B artist Sam Smith has come out as nonbinary in a recent interview with British actress Jameela Jamil.
"I'm not male or female, I think I flow somewhere in-between," Smith told Jamil on Friday on her "I Weigh In Conversation" show on Instagram. "It's all on the spectrum."
In 2014, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter came out publicly as a gay man.
Smith said that after reading about and hearing people talk being nonbinary gender, he thought, "F***, that is me." Nonbinary is a category used by people who describe themselves as neither a man or woman.
"Nonbinary gender queer is that you do not identify in a gender," Smith explained to Jamil. "You are just you. You are a mixture of all different things. You are a special creation."
He also admitted that he has considered having a sex change.
"I do think like a woman sometimes, in my head. Sometimes I've sat there and questioned, 'Do I want a sex change?'" Smith told Jamil. "It's something I still think about, like, 'Do I want to?'
"I don't think it is," he added.
What's his story?
Over the course of the 31-minute interview, Smith discussed his lifelong struggle with body image.
"It doesn't feel manly to talk about how I feel in my body," Smith said.
He recalled being bothered by the way his body looked when he was as young as 5 or 6.
"When I was a kid, I was chubby," he said. "Then it would get worse and worse and worse, and I was holding a lot of weight in my chest."
But his mood became so negatively affected by his body image that his mother took him to the doctor.
The doctor found that he was carrying more estrogen in his chest than most boys, adding that he had liposuction on his chest when he was 12. Then, at 16, he stopped wearing boys clothing and began dressing in leggings, fur, and full makeup every day to school.
Smith said that he wants to help other men feel better about their body image. He had come out as gay to his parents when he was 10.
He said that coming out as nonbinary has helped him become happier with his body image.
"I really just want to speak out about weight and body image issues with men," Smith told Jamil. "It's the basis of all my sadness."
Until recently, he said he had been obsessed with trying to make his body look more muscular and masculine.
"I am feminine in many, many ways and I've always resented that," Smith said. "You've got to work hard, you've got to lose weight.
"I will never look like that because there's a bit of a woman in me who won't let me look like that. I put on weight in places women put on weight," he continued. "That spring-boarded everything, actually.
"That's me looking at myself and thinking maybe I'm not a man, maybe I'm not a woman, maybe I'm just me."
Smith has dated Jonathon Ziezel and actor Brandon Flynn. He said he has also dated men who identify as heterosexual men.
Watch the full interview:
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