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Sam Smith took to Instagram earlier today (September 13) with an emotional announcement. From here on out, Smith will go by the non-binary pronouns they/them, a decision the singer-songwriter says they’re “scared shitless” about.
“Today is a good day so here goes,” the “How Do You Sleep?” singer began. “I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM.” Despite opening up about identifying as non-binary in the past, choosing how they wanted to be identified was something Smith battled with for years. “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out,” they said.
Smith was understandably anxious about sharing this decision with the world. Fortunately, they’ve received a ton of support and love from those in their inner circle. “I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it!” Smith wrote.
Moreover, Smith is well-aware that it may take some time for people to adjust — and they say that’s OK. All they ask is that people try their best to get it right. “I understand there will be many mistakes and