Fast rising British singer, newcomer and multiple Grammy winner Sam Smith revealed the abuse he went through growing up as a gay boy. The “Stay with me” singer during an interview with The Sun revealed for the first time the depth of abuse he endured as a young boy. He revealed how his secondary school classmates reacted when they discovered he was gay at the age of eleven (11) and the bullying he faced within the gay community.
Remembering the torture he faced in school, Sam Smith said;
The toughest time for me was my first year in secondary school when I hadn’t come out as gay. It was actually the denying of being gay that was getting me bullied. Guys were asking me all the time, “Are you gay?” I would say no and that would rile them even more. I came out at the end of year seven when I was 11. That shut a lot of the bullies up. I also made friends with some really nice girls and was singing. I’d like to think I was a nice person and people respected me at my school.
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A bunch of boys from a rival school would shout insults at me as I walked from my home to the train station. I remember walking to the station getting “f**got” shouted at me all the time. It was the most mortifying thing. Not so much for me. I knew these people were stupid, uneducated t****. But I was upset as I was with my friends and I wondered if they were embarrassed to be walking with me because people are hurling abuse.
He said a stranger once punched him in the neck for no reason and that was tthe moment the realized the assault was definitely homophobic. While speaking to a young group of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender people at the Metro Centre, London, he stated he was devastated and his whole world crashed when a fellow gay guy made a demeaning statement about him wearing make-up and dressed quite flamboyantly during his first time in a gay club at age 17.
I thought it was going to be a homecoming, that I would go and all of a sudden everything would be OK. But I remember walking in and this gay guy turned to his mate and said something really nasty about me. I knew then it was going to take a lot longer to be accepted. There’s a lot of homophobia and bullying in the gay community.
Sam Smith said it was vital that the gay community supports each other, adding: “There’s also a lot of body dysmorphia in the gay community, which means if you’re not toned and skinny it can be awful.”
He said he found solace in the acceptance of his family and friends and is determined to be a role model, providing support for young gay people.
Sam Smith revealed he felt better as his family and friend were very supportive and he hopes to be a role model to the gay community.