Sam Smith vows to take a break from Twitter after Oscars win

Smith has come under fire for saying he was the 'only openly gay man' to win an Academy Award

Sam Smith has stated he’s taking a break from Twitter following his big win at The Oscars on Sunday (February 28).

The singer, who won the Best Original Song award for his Bond theme ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, took to the social-networking site this evening (March 1) to confirm his hiatus.

Addressing his 4.16million followers, Smith tweeted: “I’m logging off for a while. Some Martinis shaken not stirred are definitely in order.”

The move comes after Smith mistakenly claimed to be the first “openly gay man” to win an Oscar during his acceptance speech at the ceremony.

Responding to criticism over his comments, he wrote: “Second openly gay man to win an Oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn’t my point… My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who I love so dearly.”

Smith also apologised for failing to recognise that screenwriter Dustin Lance Black had won an Oscar for his work on 2009’s Milk. Black, partner of Olympic diver Tom Daley, responded to Smith’s acceptance speech by tweeting: “Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé”. He later clarified that he had been joking.

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He later replied to Black’s tweet with his own, writing: “Apologies for the mix up @DLanceBlack I’ll be sure to check out your films now x Belated Congrats on the Oscar x.”

Smith also made a faux-pas when he reportedly joked that he should “date” openly gay lyricist Howard Ashman, who had won the Best Original Song Oscar twice. Ashman died in 1991 from complications from AIDS. Smith has not yet responded to this incident.

The star also performed his Spectre theme live at the Oscars. He later described the performance as “the worst moment of my life”, adding that he “hated every moment of it”.
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