In an interview with Digital Spy, out singer Sam Smith – who recently landed in a bit of hot water after saying apps like Grindr were "ruining romance" – spoke about the role his sexuality plays in his music career and how he's not concerned with becoming a "spokesperson" for the gay community.
On his initially apprehension towards revealing the inspiration behind his debut album being an unrequited love for another man (and a straight one at that):
Equality is so far from where it should be, so I was worried. I didn't give the public enough credit. We were really panicky about it, but then as soon as we did it, I am just so proud of how people haven't reacted. People really just don't give a s**t. The success in America is still happening even though I've talked about it. I feel like it's a step forward – we're in uncharted territory at the moment where you say it before an album and it's all natural and okay. It's great."
On how his music transcends its gay subtext:
"It's because I'm not trying to be a spokesperson. It sounds awful of me, but I'm really just trying to live my life and write music about it. That's what I do. I'm not trying to heal the world. From a young age I've always been like this, so it's been normal. My family and friends have made it feel normal and I'm not going to stop that now."
Check out the full interview HERE.