In a new interview with NME, Sam Smith has said, “I want to be a spokesperson. I want to be a figure in the gay community, who speaks for gay men.” Previously, Smith has said that he wasn’t trying to be a spokesperson for the gay community, but he’s changed his stance somewhat significantly since he said that. Further elaborating on his new stance, Smith said, “I sell records in countries where gay men get killed and that’s a big thing for me, because maybe one person in that country will pick up my album, realize it’s be a gay artist, and it might change their opinion.”
Smith has been open with his sexuality in interviews and his songs, having previously said that he hopes his honesty regarding his sexuality would help others. When speaking to NME, Smith said that his previous comments about being a spokesperson were taken out of context: “What I was trying to say was that I didn’t want the album to appeal to just one community, I wanted it to appeal to all of them. I wanted anyone, gay or straight, to be able to relate to me singing about men, like I was able to relate to Stevie Wonder or John Legend singing about girls.”
Read the whole interview with NME here.