Singer Sam Smith made huge announcement this past Friday when the singer revealed their preferred pronoun is ‘they’ and not ‘he.’
He announced the big news via Twitter in a post accompanied by a series of photos. “Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM,” the celeb wrote. “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out.”
This past March, the musician revealed they are non-binary. “I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non-binary, but I can’t wait for the day that I am,” Sam tweeted.
Non-binary (also called genderqueer) refers to a spectrum of gender identities that don’t exclusively conform to the traditional masculine or feminine roles.
This has no impact on the individual’s sexual orientation and also is distinct from transgender. There is no one gender expression associated with non-binary, such as there is with androgyny, and people who identify as non-binary can have vast variety of expressions.
Sam went on to explain why they were so nervous to make the revelation. “I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision, but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but [screw] it!” he wrote. In a separate post, Sam said they feel “scared” but “free” after coming out.
The musician is known to be very candid with fans, and this announcement is only one of various revelations the star has recently made. This past August, for instance, Sam gave fans insight into their struggle with mental health. “I’ve watched and read so much over the last 6 months to try and make sense of all the mess in my head,” they wrote via Twitter.”
“By constantly trying to change and seek perfection and a life of no pain only causes more pain I am realising,” Sam continued. “Still on course and learning but feeling the closest I’ve ever felt to a real space of joy, gratitude and peace.”
Prior to that, this year Sam also admitted to actress Jameela Jamil that he feels there is a ‘war’ going on between their ‘body and mind.’ “I’ve always been very free in terms of thinking about sexuality,” Sam explained in the interview. “I’ve tried to change that into my thoughts on gender… when I move, when I have sex with men, it’s very feminine. I’m feminine in many ways — and I’ve resented that.”
We’re glad Sam is feeling open enough to share these big reveals. What do you think of Sam's latest announcement, TheTalko readers?