Sam Smith says he “became a gay man properly” with his new album

To kick off 2018, Sam Smith landed himself the cover of V Magazine.

He also sat down for an extended conversation with actor Sarah Jessica Parker, discussing everything from his career, identity, and more.

Honoured to be on the cover of @vmagazine & to have got the opportunity to sit down with the sensational @SJP and talk about life and love. And thank you to @formichetti for making me feel so comfortable in front of your lens x

— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 3, 2018

The pair started off their talk by discussing how Smith’s second album came about.

‘The key to getting back into a creative space in the last year and a half was home. I needed to be around my family and friends again,’ he said. ‘It was important for me to prove to myself that I could get back to normal, and then, I could write music from a real place again.’

He also revealed he grew up too fast and going back was ‘boring’, but he got a ‘crash course in being my age again’.

Smith is only 25 and his first album, In the Lonely Hour, came out when he was 22. By 23, he won four Grammys, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar.

‘I became a gay man properly’

Then Smith and Parker dove into his personal life.

Parker observes he sings about love differently in his new album and asks if he’s matured.

‘In the past few years, I became a gay man properly,’ he replied.

He also discussed how his first album was inspired by him being in love with a straight man. He was only 19 and had never been in a relationship.

‘I’m just figuring out what it means to be gay,’ he continued explaining. He added that he now has gay friends and is coming into his own.

Plus, he’s also into a relationship with actor Brandon Flynn. On that front, he said: ‘For the first time, I think I deserve to be happy. I’m actually asking myself if I’m going to be writing some happy love songs soon.’

To read the full interview, head over to V Magazine. Smith appears in the issue hitting stands on 11 January.

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