Watch: Sam Smith Comes Out as Gender Non-Binary/Genderqueer, Opens Up About Liposuction at Age 12

Monday March 18, 2019

Singer Sam Smith opened up a great deal in a new interview for "Good Place" star Jameela Jamil's new Instagram show "I Weigh Interviews" where he came out as gender non-binary and also revealed he got liposuction when he was 12 years old.

"When I saw the word non-binary/genderqueer and I read into it and I heard these people speaking," he said. "I was like, 'Fuck, that is me.'"

Smith, 26, went on to say that most people have a "wall" when it comes to their ability to understand gender and sexuality. He said he has embraced a genderqueer identity.

"Non-binary/genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender," the "Stay with Me" singer said. "You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation. That's how I take it — I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between — it's all on the spectrum."

Smith also said that, at the moment, he still goes by male pronouns.

"I've always been very free in terms of thinking about my sexuality, so I've just tried to change that into my thoughts on gender as well," the Oscar winner added.

Elsewhere in the interview, Smith opened up about his body struggles, saying he had them "From since I can remember, like since I was a baby."

He said when he was a kid he was "chubby" and "carried extra estrogen" in his chest, making him feel self-conscious to wear a bathing suit. Smith said bullies would grab his chest in front of his friends.

"I had breasts," Smith said. "I used to get my mom to write a note to the school when I was like 8 so I wouldn't have to go to swimming lessons. So it's something that's been in me forever."

That's when the singer revealed he had liposuction when he was 12 years old.

"When I was a kid, I was chubby ... and then it would get worse and worse and worse and I was holding a lot of weight in my chest. When I hit 11 years old, I went to the doctor's," Smith said. "I was so self-conscious that it was affecting my mood every day.

"I had liposuction, I was 12 years old," he continued. "At the time I think I was very happy about it. It didn't really change anything. I think I put the weight back on in two weeks because I hadn't figured out my relationship with food, so it didn't really change anything. But being 12 years old and having liposuction on your chest is quite a big deal."

He said that his body image issues is "the basis of all my sadness."

"Literally everything I've ever been sad about is my weight. I struggle with it every day," he said. "I get very, very dark and very sad."

Last week, Smith tweeted about the interview saying his conversation with Jamil "completely changed my life."

In February, Smith opened up about his body issues in an Instagram post, saying posting a shirtless selfie usually gives him anxiety.

"In the past if I have ever done a photoshoot with so much as a t-shirt on, I have starved myself for weeks in advance and then picked and prodded at every picture and then normally taken the picture down," Smith, 26, wrote on Instagram. "Yesterday I decided to fight the fuck back. Reclaim my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally."

The Oscar winner went on to say that the photoshoot with photographer Ryan Pfluger represents a change in the way in which he looks at his own body.

"Some may take this as narcissistic and showing off but if you knew how much courage it took to do this and the body trauma I have experienced as a kid you wouldn't think those things," Smith explained. "Thank you for helping me celebrate my body AS IT IS @ryanpfluger I have never felt safer than I did with you. I'll always be at war with this bloody mirror but this shoot and this day was a step in the right fucking direction."

Watch Smith's interview with Jamil below.

[H/T People magazine]

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