On Friday, September 13th, Sam Smith posted via social media to let fans know that they were publicly changing their preferred pronouns to “they/them”. This change comes after years of wondering how to identify.
The singer took to Instagram to announce the emotional transition to embracing their true self. “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out,” they wrote. “I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it!”
Smith also said that they still have a lot to learn about being gender non-binary, and directed fans toward “activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community” who helped them learn more about their gender expression. “For now I just want to be VISIBLE and open,” they wrote. “If you have questions and are wondering what this all means I’ll try my best to explain but I have also tagged below the human beings who are fighting the good fight everyday.”