"I’m scared shitless, but feeling super free right now."
Sam Smith has taken to social media this week to ask to be referred to as they/them as opposed to former pronouns he/him.
The singer indentifies as non-binary as therefore feels more comfortable with these pronouns.
Sam, who is 27, explained that they were nervous to speak out about it, but ultimately felt it was time.
“Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out,” the statement said.
“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!”
The How Do You Sleep singer added that although they are aware people will make mistakes, they are hoping that people will make an effort to adhere to their wishes.
“I understand there will be many mistakes and mis-gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you.”
Sam then added that they do not yet feel like an expert on the topic of non-binary, but that they hope to become more informed over time.
“P.s. I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non-binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am. So, for now, I just want to be VISIBLE and open. If you have questions and are wondering what this all means I’ll try my best to explain.”
They concluded: “Love you all. I’m scared shitless, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x”
Earlier this year Sam revealed that after identifying as a gay man for some time, they now felt non-binary was the correct term.
Speaking to Jameela Jamil back in March, they said: “You are just you. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation. That’s how I take it.
“I’m not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between.”
Here’s hoping Sam’s message will help others to understand more about people who are non-binary and help to understand the importance of correct pronouns.