Sam Smith, Out magazine’s Breakout of the Year, recently spoke with the mag about why it has been important for him to be candid regarding his sexuality. “My aim is to tell people how good it’s been for me so that, hopefully, gay men or parents with gay children can look at my story and think, ‘Wow, that’s how it should be. That’s what we can work towards.’ That’s been my whole motive—to not make it a talking point,” he says. “My music should be a talking point. My voice should be a talking point.”

In July, Smith opened up about how a man who broke his heart inspired In the Lonely Hour during an interview with Fader. “In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back,” Smith said. “I think I’m over it now, but I was in a very dark place. I kept feeling lonely in the fact that I hadn’t felt love before.” Smith has also been open about his sexuality on social media with posts like the one below.

He’ll never love you like I can

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