Sam Smith Comes Out as Non-Binary With They/Them Pronouns

Shawn Mendes is apologizing with Sam Smith

The “Señorita” vocalist was introducing Sam at the 2020 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball reveal on Thursday when he used the incorrect pronouns, describing Sam as “he” instead of “they.”

During a March 2019 interview with body activist Jameela Jamil, Sam told the host, “I am not male or female. I believe I drift somewhere in between.”

The Grammy winner talked about recognizing as ” non-binary/genderqueer” at the time and later shared their pronouns. Sam tweeted in September 2019, “I’ve chosen I am altering my pronouns to THEY/THEM,” including, “after a life time of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to accept myself for who I am, inside and out.”

After Shawn misgendered Sam, he apologized on his Instagram Story on Friday, Dec.11 The 22- year-old artist composed, “Oh @samsmith I’m so sorry for refferring [sic] to you as a ‘he’ for your jingle ball intro.”

He continued, “It definitely slipped my mind. Wont occur once again. Sending you so much love! Likewise you definitely are among the funniest individuals I have actually ever satisfied.”

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Sam graciously accepted the apology, writing on their Instagram Story, “We’re all finding out together” in addition to two hearts. The 28- year-old star included, “Delighted holidays, all my love xx.”

Fans had called out Shawn’s mistake, explaining that Sam’s pronouns remain in their social networks bios. Others questioned if the pronoun mistake was scripted and questioned why the video footage wasn’t “edited” to remedy it.

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Sam has been honest about their individual life throughout their career, exposing in 2015 that they have actually had problem with body image problems and got liposuction at age12

Their third album, Love Goes, debuted on Oct.30 It was initially called To Crave, however during the “disturbing and unmatched” pandemic, the musician decided to change the name, saying, “[I] feel that the title of my album and imminent release doesn’t feel right.”

When exposing the animated video for “The Lighthouse Keeper,” Sam described why it was so artistically satisfying. ” Me and @labrinth poured our hearts into this tune therefore I hope you all enjoy it as much as I delighted in producing it,” they composed on Instagram.

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