Sam Smith asks to be referred to as “they” instead of “he” after coming out as gender neutral

“It’s an exciting and groundbreaking time.”

Sam Smith has reportedly asked that friends and family refer to the singer as “they” and not “he” after coming out as non-binary.

The ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ singer reportedly prefers that people now use gender-neutral pronouns such as they/them and not him.

A source told The Sun: “This is a decision Sam has thought long and hard about, including doing a lot of reading on up it.

“He knows that it will take some people longer than others to fully get it. First the request is going out to mates and then it will be passed on to the music industry too. It’s an exciting and groundbreaking time.”

It comes after Smith thanked Hits Radio presenter James Barr for a tweet which referred to the singer as “they”.

Barr tweeted: “Just interviewed @samsmith and they sounded so happy and free and more themselves than ever. it’s made me feel like the world is a good place again @hitsradiouk”.

Smith then replied: “You’re one of the first people to use these pronouns with me. Thank you. That feels really beautiful”.

In May, the singer said they were focusing their attentions on the “non-binary conversation”.

“Right now my focus is the non-binary conversation. I have a few friends and people in my team who are non-binary and they’re really teaching me stuff I didn’t know before. It’s wonderful,” said Smith.

“Ever since I was a little boy, ever since I was a little human, I didn’t feel comfortable being a man really. Some days I’ve got my manly side and some days I’ve got my womanly side.”

In August, Smith also spoke about their battles with anxiety.

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