According to a report from Us Magazine, Sam Smith recently announced he was going to start using the gender-neutral pronouns, “them,” and “they,” to refer to himself. The pop-star took to his social media on the 13th of September to tell fans, “I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to They/Them after a timeline of being at war with my gender.”
Before his 13 million Instagram followers, the 27-year-old singer/songwriter said he was making the change in an attempt to embrace himself for who he truly is. On the other hand, the singer stated he was well aware that some people may accidentally misgender him sometimes, but that’s ok.
Sam added that he was continuing to learn about nonbinary and feels as though he’s not completely educated enough to discuss the topic. Some of the other people he referenced in his post included Laverne Cox, from Orange Is The New Black, as well as Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye.
Sam first hinted at the switch in pronouns when he thanked James Barr for referring to him as “they,” on his Twitter account on the 10th of September, Tuesday. Smith said on his Twitter account that James was the first person to refer to him as “they,” and it was “really beautiful.”
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Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. 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 fuck it! 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. P.s. 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. So for now I just want to be VISIBLE and open. If you have questions and are wondering what this all means I’ll try my best to explain but I have also tagged below the human beings who are fighting the good fight everyday. These are activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community that have helped me and given me so much clarity and understanding. @tomglitter @munroebergdorf @transnormativity @alokvmenon @katemoross @glamrou @travisalabanza @twyrent @chellaman @jvn @lavernecox @stonewalluk @glaad @humanrightscampaign @mermaidsgender Love you all. I’m scared shitless, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x
Speaking with the Sunday Times back in October 2017, Sam addressed his gender identity then as well, stating that he felt as “much as a woman as I am a man.” Sam later said he was non-binary in March during an appearence on Jameela Jamil’s I Weigh series on IG TV.
Smith said on the show that a person doesn’t have to identify with one gender particularly, instead, an individual can combine various traits from different genders to create their very own “special creation.” Sam said on the show that he “floated somewhere in between.”
While discussing the possibility of a sex change, Sam said that he doesn’t believe it’s something he would consider doing at this point.