Sam Smith's advice to gay people thinking about coming out: Be yourself

Sat. June 28, 2014 9:01 PM by

British singer Sam Smith provides some advice to gay people thinking about coming out.

The 22-year-old Smith revealed last month that his single In the Lonely Hour is about unrequited love between himself and another man.

In a radio interview with New York's Fresh 102.7, Smith reiterated that he's never been in a relationship.

When asked what advice he would give a gay person thinking about coming out, Smith answered, "be yourself."

"Just be yourself and don't make [your sexuality] an issue. If others around you are making [it] an issue, I understand – fight for your rights, of course. But also, let's make it a normality. To make it equal we kind of need to act equal, if you know what I mean," he said.

"The world is getting better in some places. It's getting worse in some places. But everyone needs to just focus on themselves as individuals and do what makes them happy.And be brave. Listen to my record, it will help," he added with a laugh. 

Smith's debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, was released last month.

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