“Stay with Me” singer Sam Smith said his sexuality has never been a secret — he just doesn’t want it to pigeonhole him.
“I want to be a spokesperson for everyone,” Sam, 22, told Ellen DeGeneres on Monday. “Ya know, straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want to be limited.”
That’s why Sam says he doesn’t often make a point of talking about his sexuality, even though that’s earned him some critics. (There really is no winning, is there?)
“I get upset sometimes because I don’t talk about it too much,” he told Ellen. “People say, ‘He doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community.’ I do, of course I do.”
Sam added he was never confused about his sexuality.
“I came out when I was like four years old,” the British singer said. “My mom said she knew when I was like three. So I didn’t have to actually properly come out.”
He did, however, publicly clear the air before the release of his debut album. He also said that The Lonely Hour, which includes “Stay with Me,” is about unrequited love with a man.
“It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know – I want to be clear that that’s what it’s about,” he said. “I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People wouldn’t ask a straight person these questions… I’ve made my music so that it could be about anything and everybody – whether it’s a guy, a female or a goat – and everybody can relate to that.”