Sam Smith Says Being Called Fat Hurts Him More Than Anti-Gay Slurs
The "Lay Me Down" singer spoke candidly about his issues with food on an Australian TV show
Smith opened up in an interview with Australian television show 60 Minutes on Sunday, talking about his emotional journey with food and his weight. The four-time Grammy-Winner said food “controlled” him from a young age.
“When I was at school and wasn’t having a great time or when music wasn’t going very well. I would eat, eat,” said the 22-year-old. “Eating would make me feel better, when I felt lonely I would eat.”
Smith first showed off his recent, stunning weight loss via Instagram on March 17.
“Three weeks ago I met a woman who has completely changed my life,” Smith wrote. “Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone in 2 weeks and has completely transformed my relationship with food. Everyone go check out her incredible book, and start to live healthy. It s not even about weight loss it s about feeling happy in yourself. Love you Amelia & thank you for making me feel so happy inside and out @ameliafreer #eatnourishglow.”
The star credited Freer, a nutritional therapist and author of Eat. Nourish. Glow., for his new, slim shape.
During his 60 Minutes interview, Smith also revealed he’s more offended by comments about his weight, rather than hateful slurs regarding his sexuality.
“If someone called me fat, that affects me way more than someone calling me a f—–,” said the crooner. “I think just because I’ve accepted that, if someone calls me a f—–, it’s like, I am gay and I’m proud to be gay so there’s no issues there.”
Smith said the “fat” comments resonate more because “that’s something [he] can change.”