Sam Smith Opens Up About ‘Second Coming Out’ in Emotional Speech
On Wednesday night (October 9) Sam Smith won Person of the Year at the 2019 Attitude Awards, and used their speech as an opportunity to open up about their "second coming out."
"This is incredibly overwhelming," the pop star said. "Thank you so much to everyone in this room. Tonight, just watching all of you has just been amazing, and I'm so honored to be in this room with you all."
"This is incredibly overwhelming. Thank you so much to everyone in this room. Tonight just watching all of you has been amazing and I'm so honored to be here. There's so much love in the room, so thank you so much to everyone," they continued. "The last year has been a wild ride of self-realization and has almost felt like a second coming out. The reason I've been able to show all of the sides of myself to the public and express myself in these ways is because I felt incredibly safe."
"I am so lucky to not only have an incredible family and team around me but I also have access to talk and seek help from the leaders and trailblazers of our community," the 27-year-old added. "Certain people have put me under their wings and supported every breath of mine for the last few years."
They concluded their speech with another round of thanks, as well as a message we could all live by: "Thank you everyone for your kindness. Let's live as loudly and queerly as humanly possible."
Earlier this year, the singer came out as nonbinary and last month officially changed their pronouns to they/them.
Watch Smith's emotional speech below.
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