Sam Smith: ‘Music industry is homophobic’

Singer Sam Smith

Sam Smith says the music industry is homophobic.

The 27-year-old singer came out as non-binary in September and admitted that doing so was terrifying because the music industry can be “homophobic and sexist”.

“I mean I’m scared every day.”

— Sam Smith

Sam – who uses the pronouns they/them – told SiriusXM’s Hits 1: “I’m loving it. I mean I’m scared every day. Being my feminine self in this world that we’re in, I mean the music industry can be a bit homophobic, a bit sexist at times,

“So being feminine like this in the way I move and dance and am, it feels quite scary at times but is worth it.”

Sam also admitted initial fears about releasing a video for How Do You Sleep? which features the singer dancing in heels.

“I felt very vulnerable doing it, but I’m seeing now that’s the best space to be in. You feel joy quicker when being vulnerable like that. But I’ve always been like that when in the club, with friends, with people that I feel safe with but showing it to the world is a different thing and I finally felt safe enough to do so,” Sam said.