Twenty-two year old British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, winner of the 2014 BRIT Award for Critics' Choice and BBC's Sound of 2014 poll of critics and industry figures, came out this week in an interview with The Fader.
"In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back. I think I’m over it now, but I was in a very dark place. I kept feeling lonely in the fact that I hadn’t felt love before. I’ve felt the bad things. And what’s a more powerful emotion: pain or happiness?
I told him about it recently, and obviously it was never going to go the way I wanted it to go, because he doesn’t love me. But it was good as a form of closure, to get it off my chest and tell him. I feel better for it."
Many questioned whether his recent video for single "Leave Your Lover" off the debut album In the Lonely Hour was a coming out statement as it starred Smith, model Daisy Lowe and another man flirting with each other before the video makes it clear Smith is imploring the man to leave his boyfriend to be with him instead.
Smith went on to tell Fader that he is "very comfortable and happy" with speaking about his orientation.
"I am comfortable with myself, and my life is amazing in that respect. I’m very comfortable and happy with everything. I just wanted to talk about him and have it out there. It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know—I want to be clear that that’s what it’s about."
His debut album In the Lonely Hour, featuring the number one UK Single "Money on My Mind," is out June 17 in the US and available now for fans in the UK. Smith, who appeared this morning on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw, will be hitting the road for a North American tour in September with tickets on sale this Friday.