You may remember, that Sam Smith made some comments last year that sparked a bit of controversy. When asked about his role in the LGBT community, he said that he “wasn’t trying to be a spokesperson”.
Now, he has clarified his comments, saying that he does want to be a voice for the community, but also for many other people as well.
He touched on this topic in an interview with NME, saying: “I’m a gay man who came out when I was 10 years old, and there’s nothing in my life that I’m prouder of.”
“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. I want to be a spokesperson.”
“I want to be a figure in the gay community, who speaks for gay men. 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, realise it’s by a gay artist, and it might change their opinion.”