Sam Smith Opens up About Dysmorphia, Coming Out as Non-Binary

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday October 21, 2020

British pop singer Sam Smith recently opened up about how their struggle with body dysmorphia led to coming out as non-binary last year, People reports.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Smith explains that the process of self-realization first began in contending with their "fluctuating body." Smith said, "I was holding myself to these ideals of how a man should look... I have girl's thighs and I have girl breasts too."

After looking into research on gender and body dysmorphia, Smith came out as non-binary in March 2019 in an interview with Jameela Jamil (NBC's "The Good Place") and six months later publicly changed their pronouns in an Instagram post stating "MY PRONOUNS ARE THEY / THEM." In Smith's caption, they state, "after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out... I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you."

Smith's third album, "Love Goes," will be released on October 30.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.