Sam Smith also encouraged his followers to "do the bloat dance" with him on his Instagram story
Sam Smith is embracing his “sexy bloated” body.
On Monday, the singer, 26, shared a shirtless mirror selfie to Instagram, saying that he felt like he was “finally friends” with his “bloated” body.
“Feeling bloated and gross after my flight so thought I’d post a mirror selfie of my sexy bloated boobies coz [sic] we are friends. Finally,” he captioned the body positive image.
Smith also shared more photos and videos to his Instagram story, dancing shirtless in the mirror to “OMG” by Camila Cabello and “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato as he encouraged his followers to “do the bloat dance” with him. In another photo, Smith posed in his underwear, captioning the cheeky photo, “Bond girl.”
Smith, who recently revealed that he identifies as “non-binary,” has previously been open about his struggles with body image.
In a March interview with Jameela Jamil, the founder of the “I Weigh” movement, Smith revealed to Jamil, 33, that he had liposuction when he was 12 years old and that he’s struggled with his body image “from since I can remember.”
“When I was a kid, I was chubby … and then it would get worse and worse and worse and I was holding a lot of weight in my chest. When I hit 11 years old, I went to the doctor’s,” he said. “I was so self-conscious that it was affecting my mood every day.”
“I had liposuction, I was 12 years old,” Smith continued. “At the time I think I was very happy about it. It didn’t really change anything. I think I put the weight back on in two weeks because I hadn’t figured out my relationship with food, so it didn’t really change anything. But being 12 years old and having liposuction on your chest is quite a big deal.”
Smith added that the body image issues persisted beyond his childhood.
“It’s the basis of all my sadness,” he said. “Literally everything I’ve ever been sad about is my weight. I struggle with it every day.”
“In the past if I have ever done a photoshoot with so much as a t-shirt on, I have starved myself for weeks in advance and then picked and prodded at every picture and then normally taken the picture down,” he wrote.
“Yesterday I decided to fight the f— back,” he continued. “Reclaim my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally.”
He finished by saying: “I’ll always be at war with this bloody mirror but this shoot and this day was a step in the right f—ing direction.”