Sam Smith Comes Out About His Sexuality

Sam Smith talks openly about inspiration behind his new album

After debuting his music video for “Leave Your Lover” last week, Sam Smith is now talking openly about his sexuality. If you haven’t seen the video yet, it features Smith caught in a love triangle. A surprise twist ending explains that Sam’s plea to “leave your lover” is directed at the male in the video and not the female.

The video sparked Smith to come out and discuss his sexuality in relativity to the music. In an interview with The Fader, he says that his debut album In the Lonely Hour is “about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back.” His music video is a direct reflection of that, as he goes on to say “I just wanted to talk about him and have it out there. 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.”

Smith doesn’t care to discuss his sexuality to garner more attention, but rather be transparent and talk about his personal life as it relates to his musical career.

In the Lonely Hour is set to drop on June 17 via Capitol. You can also catch him in Toronto on September 21 when he plays at the Kool Haus. You can check out the video for “Leave Your Lover” below.