British singer Sam Smith, whose debut album "In the Lonely Hour" is one of the year's most anticipated, has come out as gay.
Saying that the title track "is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn't love me back," Smith, 22, says in the June/July issue of The Fader that, "It feels good to have interviews like this, to chat about it and put stuff to bed. It's all there now, and I can move on and hopefully find a guy who can love me the way I love him."
Smith, a Critics' Choice winner at the Brit Awards, said he told the object of his affection about the song's genesis, "and obviously it was never going to go the way I wanted it to go, because he doesn't love me. But it was good as a form of closure, to get it off my chest and tell him. I feel better for it. I feel almost like I signed off this part of my life where I keep giving myself to guys who are never going to love me back."
Smith, whose upcoming North American tour plays the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on Sept. 19, told the magazine: "I'm very comfortable and happy with everything. I just wanted to talk about him and have it out there." The singer stressed, "I've been treated as normal as anyone in my life; I've had no issues."