Entertainment Sam Smith Says Lady Gaga Inspired Them to Come Out as Non-Binary: 'Gave Me Permission to Be Myself'
Lady Gaga Shares How to Overcome the ‘Enemy’ Inside Her While Discussing ‘Chromatica’ & ‘911’
Lady Gaga knows that your harshest critic can often be yourself, and channeled that difficult self-awareness (and overcoming it) in a number of her Chromatica-era songs, including “Fun Tonight.” “I think it’s one of the saddest songs on the album,” Gaga shared in an interview with American Songwriter this week. “I think it might be the saddest song on the record. Because I’m really singing to myself.” “I was kind of incapable at certain moments of being happy for other people when they were having fun. And I would sit with myself and think, ‘I don’t care how many people I see dancing or smiling right now.
is opening up about their journey to come out as non-binary.
During a self-shot video for Vogue where the 28-year-old "One Last Song" crooner details their entire skincare and makeup routine, Smith revealed howinspired them to be forthright about their gender identity.
First detailing that they came out as gay when they were 10 years old, the Grammy Award-winning singer then shared, "When I hit 14, 15, I started to really question my gender and started to really want to express myself."
"Makeup for me was the way to do that," Smith continued. "It doesn't matter whatever gender you are, you know, it's a form of expression and it feels nice."
Lady Gaga Leads 2020 MTV EMA Nominations, Followed by BTS & Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga’s return to her classic pop/dance sound continues to reap dividends. MTV announced Tuesday (Oct. 6) that Gaga is the top nominee for the 2020 MTV EMA (Europe Music Awards). This is the 27th edition of the show, which is set to air globally via MTV on Sunday, Nov. 8. Gaga has seven nods, including best video, best song and best collaboration, all for “Rain on Me,” her megahit collab with Ariana Grande. (Grande was last year’s leading nominee at the MTV EMAs, with seven nods.) BTS and Justin Bieber were runners-up to Gaga, with five nods each this year.Gaga was also the top winner at the MTV Video Music Awards, which were held Aug. 30.
The British singer then shared how Gaga, 34, allowed them to accept their non-binary identity.
"Gaga is probably the reason why I actually came to terms with my gender," they said.
"I was 15 when The Fame came out and I was obsessed with Lady Gaga," Smith said, referring to the "Rain on Me" singer's debut album. "She gave me complete permission to be myself and to be proud of my queerness. It was a form of expression, but it was also weirdly a form of protection."
That protection allowed Smith the power to say "stay away from me" to their bullies because, as they noted, "I'm confident and I'm powerful in my queerness."
Sam Smith Says Their Body Dysmorphia Helped Them Realize Non-Binary Identity
“I always had body dysmorphia. As I started to address that, I started to address my gender," the "Diamonds" singer told The Sunday TimesTalking with The Sunday Times, the singer opened up about their pronouns and how they've learned to accept their body.
Last September, Smithon social media and revealed that they would be using they and them pronouns.
"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," Smithat the 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...— samsmith (@samsmith)
"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 f--- it," they.
Lady Gaga Claps Back At Trump Campaign Labelling Her An ‘Anti-Fracking Activist’
Lady Gaga is happy to be raising ire from Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. RELATED: Lady Gaga Encourages Americans To Vote In New Video On Sunday, the Trump campaign released an official statement targeting Gaga, calling her an “anti-fracking activist” and stating: Nothing exposes Biden’s disdain for the forgotten working men & women of PA likeRELATED: Lady Gaga Encourages Americans To Vote In New Video
Smith: "I understand there will be many mistakes and misgendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you."
RELATED VIDEO: Sam Smith on Coming Out as Nonbinary: ‘It Was a Torture’ in ‘My Mind’
Earlier this month, Smith also detailed how theircome to terms with their gender identity.
Speaking with, they opened up about their pronouns and how they've learned to accept their body.
"For me, what triggered everything was the work I was doing with my body issues," Smith said. "I always had body dysmorphia. As I started to address that, I started to address my gender and realized that I was holding myself to these ideals of how a man should look."
"As I looked into it, I did therapy, I realized there was more to it," they continued. "I have girl's thighs and I have girl breasts too. It started to awaken this conversation that had always been in the back of my mind."
Lady Gaga’s Father Voices Support For Donald Trump Despite President Slamming Singer At Rally .
Lady Gaga’s father Joe Germanotta voiced his support for Donald Trump just a day after the president took a swipe at his daughter. Germanotta posted Tuesday: @realDonaldTrump 2020 — Joe Germanotta (@germanottajoe) November 4, 2020 He later added: You may have noticed my political and spiritual beliefs are different. liberty and freedom of choice would not be political. — Joe Germanotta (@germanottajoe) November 4, 2020 His comments come after Trump spoke about Joe Biden's celebrity supporters during a rally Monday. RELATED: Lady Gaga Encourages Americans To Vote In New Video "Now he’s got Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga – is not too good.