Singer-songwriter opens up about his sexuality for the first time, says it is 'as normal as my right arm'

Sam Smith has discussed the relationship with a man that inspired his debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour.’

Smith released his debut album on Monday (May 26). The album features the songs ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Money On My Mind’ as well as an acoustic version of Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ and is on course to hit Number One this week, knocking Coldplay’s ‘Ghost Stories’ off the top spot in the process.

Speaking to The Fader about the album, Smith talks about how unrequited love is at the heart of his songs and opens up about “a guy I fell in love with last year (2013).”

“I’ve only been in unrequited relationships where people haven’t loved me back,” he says. “I guess I’m a little bit attracted to that in a bad way. ‘In the Lonely Hour’ is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back. I think I’m over it now, but I was in a very dark place.”

Speaking more generally about his sexuality, Smith continues: “I am comfortable with myself, and my life is amazing in that respect. I’m very comfortable and happy with everything. I just wanted to talk about him and have it out there. It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know—I want to be clear that that’s what it’s about. I’ve been treated as normal as anyone in my life; I’ve had no issues. I do know that some people have issues in life, but I haven’t, and it’s as normal as my right arm.”

Sam Smith tours later this year and will play:

Glasgow O2 ABC (October 23)
Leeds O2 Academy (24)
Newcastle O2 Academy (25)
Birmingham O2 Academy (27)
Nottingham Rock City (28)
Manchester Albert Hall (29)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (November 3)
Bristol Colston Hall (4)
London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith (6)

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