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Sam Smith: 'Selling records in countries where gay men get killed might change things'

2015-10-22
Sam Smith has reiterated his belief that his profile as an openly gay man has the power to change attitudes around the world. In a wide-ranging interview with NME this week, the 23-year-old singer clarified comments he made last year about not wanting to be a "spokesperson", explaining that he wants to be able to represent gay men while making his music relatable for all people. sam "I’m a gay man who came out when I was 10 years old, and there’s nothing in my life that I’m prouder of," he tells the magazine. "What I was trying to say was that I didn’t want this album to appeal to just one community, I wanted it to appeal to all of them. "I wanted anyone, gay or straight, to be able to relate to me singing about men, like I was able to relate to Stevie Wonder or John Legend singing about girls. I want to be a spokesperson." The Lay Me Down singer continues: "I want to be a figure in the gay community, who speaks for gay men. I sell records in countries where gay men get killed and that’s a big thing for me, because maybe one person in that country will pick up my album, realise it’s by a gay artist, and it might change their opinion." Meanwhile, Sam recently entered the history books after his new single from the Spectre sound-track, Writing's on the Wall, became the first James Bond theme to hit Number One on the UK singles chart - check it out here. Sam appears on the cover of this week's NME, out tomorrow. nme More stories: Sam Heughan: One very good reason to watch period drama 'Outlander' X Factor's Seann Miley Moore: 'Abuse doesn't faze me, I'm a proud gay man'