Sam Smith gets candid in new interview

The singer reveals his hopes of being "a figure in the gay community who speaks for gay men."

Sam Smith generated a bit of controversy back in 2014 when he claimed he was "not trying to be a spokesperson for the gay community."

The singer now has a change of heart and revealed in a recent interview how he hopes his music can change people's perceptions.

"I want to be a spokesperson, the 23-year-old told NME. "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."

Sam admitted that his comments back in 2014 suggested that he only wanted to be known for his music, regardless of sexuality. 

"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," he revealed. "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."

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