Sam Smith has revealed he faces homophobic abuse every day.
The award-winning singer is arguably the most successful openly gay musician of his generation, with his debut album reaching number one in countries around the world including Australia, South Africa, and of course the UK.
But that level of fame rarely comes without backlash, especially for a person belonging to a minority group.
“I get homophobic abuse on a daily basis on social media,” Sam said during an interview with the Herald Sun, although he did stress that he’s proud to live in a time where he can use male pronouns in his music.
“It’s a great thing, we need to speak about it more,” he said. “I do feel so lucky to be making music when I am. I know things were so much tougher back in the day, but we’ve still got such a long way to go.
“I still don’t feel like everything is where it should be. We’ll see when I start singing ‘him’ in certain parts of the world. I hope people listen and accept, but there’s people who aren’t going to.”
Despite the abuse he faces from homophobes, and even from those within the gay community itself, Sam says his ultimate goal is to connect to those who need to hear a voice like his.
“The press and the inner city is one thing, but I’m really just trying to reach the kids in the middle of nowhere. Like me. I grew up in a village in the middle of nowhere,” he continued.
“I turned to George Michael, he was my escape. His words were my escape. That’s what I want to try and be.”