Sunday, September 24, 2017
Elton Interviews Sam Smith
In a world exclusive interview with Sir Elton John in Attitude’s October issue – available to download and in shops now – the Oscar-winning singer reveals that he’d come out as gay to family and close friends before he’d even hit his teens.
“I’d just finished primary school, going into secondary school, and I came out to my best friends when I was nine or 10,” the ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’ singer reveals.
“I was very sure of, and in, myself. When I told my mum she said she always knew, she said that she knew when I was three, and my dad just asked if I was absolutely sure.
“I think my dad was scared for me, because of his own life experience… I think he saw a lot of kids get bullied and just felt really nervous for me. Especially when, at 16 or 17, I used to wear a lot of make-up and dressed very differently at school.
“He didn’t have a problem with it, but he was really worried about me.”
Asked by Sir Elton whether he was bullied during his adolescence, Sam replies: “I’ve always said I wasn’t because I don’t think my experience was as bad as others I’ve heard of, but when I look back at it now, it wasn’t the easiest time.
“I was lucky, I had a very good group of friends around me, but some of the other boys could be absolutely awful to me at times.
“It’s nothing that has scarred me, though.”
- Attitude Magazine
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