Sam Smith: I had ‘reservations’ about revealing my sexuality

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Singer Sam Smith says he had “reservations” about disclosing his sexuality before the release of his debut album – but there were “no issues”.

The singer came out in May this year, when he revealed that his album In the Lonely Hour was about a man he fell in love with.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the singer admitted he had reservations about coming out.

He said: “We all had that reservation before the record. Past gay artists, things have happened to them that haven’t been great.

“All I can say is I’m so unbelievably surprised and happy at how far the world has come, because there have been no issues.

He added: “Obviously I want to fall in love and stuff, but I don’t yearn for it every day like I used to. It sounds so cheesy but my fans have completely filled that hole.

“I’ve always been an open book about [my sexuality]. This was the constant thing; I came out as a gay man at a very, very young age.”

The Money on my Mind singer said in August that he is “not trying to be a spokesperson” for gay people.

He said: “It sounds awful of me, but I’m really just trying to live my life and write music about it. That’s what I do. I’m not trying to heal the world.”

The singer previously claimed that Grindr is “ruining” romance, and advised people not to make an “issue” of their sexuality if they want to be accepted.

He said: “I would say just be yourself. Don’t make it an issue. Let’s make it a normality.

“To make it equal, we need to act equal. Everyone just needs to focus on themselves as individuals and do what makes them happy, and be brave.”