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Sam Smith: My songs are ‘changing opinions’ in countries where gay men get killed

Sam Smith: My songs are ‘changing opinions’ in countries where gay men get killed

Sam Smith says his songs could be helping people in homophobic countries

Sam Smith has said his songs could be ‘changing opinions’ in countries where being gay could get you killed.

The British gay singer sparked criticism last year when he said he was ‘not trying to be a spokesperson’ for the LGBTI community.

Speaking to NME, the 23-year-old said: ‘I’m a gay man who came out when I was 10 years old, and there’s nothing in my life that I’m prouder of.’

Addressing his comments, he explained: ‘What I was trying to say was that I didn’t want the album to appeal to just one community, I wanted it to appeal to all of them. I wanted anyone, gay or straight, to be able to relate to me singing about men, like I was able to relate to Stevie Wonder or John Legend singing about girls. I want to be a spokesperson.

‘I want to be a figure in the gay community, who speaks for gay men. I sell records in countries where gay men get killed and that’s a big thing for me, because maybe one person in that country will pick up my album, realise it’s by a gay artist, and it might change their opinion.’

Sam is the first gay person to ever record a theme for a James Bond theme, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ for the new film Spectre.

He said: ‘I remember sending an email to my agents in America, probably the cockiest email in the world, and I just said “Is there any that I could do the Bond theme?

‘The next thing I know I was asked to go to Pinewood Studios and meet with [director] Sam Mendes.’

Writing’s On The Wall is out now.