Sam Smith describes modern pop stars as “awful”

Singer says he's unimpressed with the attitude of some of his contemporaries

Sam Smith has described some of today’s pop stars as “awful”.

The singer, who was being interviewed by US artist Chaka Khan in the new issue of V Magazine, refused to name anyone specifically but criticised the attitude of some of his pop contemporaries.

“Even when you meet them – I won’t name names – but some of these pop stars are just awful,” Smith told Khan. “And they have not even had half the success that you’ve had and yet you’re so humble and kind.”

Yesterday (January 5), Smith was forced to defend his decision to go to SeaWorld in Australia after fans criticised him for visiting the “cruel” resort. The singer had shared two photographs of himself with a seal at the Gold Coast, Queensland resort on his Instagram account, but had to quickly clarify his position after fans expressed their disapproval on social media, with some even threatening to boycott Smith’s music.

Sam Smith became the only artist to sell one million albums in the UK and US in 2014 after passing the one million milestone with ‘In The Lonely Hour’ in December. The pop star told OfficialCharts.com: “OFFICIALLY sold 1 MILLION copies of ‘In The Lonely Hour’! To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album.”

‘In The Lonely Hour’ became the fastest-selling debut album of 2014 in the UK when it went straight in at Number One in May. In October, Smith took home four Mobos and he is nominated for six Grammy awards in 2015, including Best New Artist.