Sam Smith Reveals Why He Had Liposuction at Age 12

Lawrence Kim
March 16, 2019

Asked by Jameela Jamil during the premiere episode of her new I Weigh Interviews Instagram series what gender labels mean to him, Smith said: "You do not identify in a gender. But being 12 years old and having liposuction on your chest is quite a big deal".

Although he thought about becoming a woman in the past, he now has dismissed the idea of having a sex change. And his struggle with his body is ongoing ("I get very, very dark"), but therapy over the previous year has led to positive introspection.

Smith said he's struggled with his body image since he was a "baby". "A guy grabbed my chest once and played around with it in front of all of his friends". He recalled, "It was f***ed up".

"I had liposuction, I was 12 years old", Smith continued. "I struggle with it every day". Last month, he posted a shirtless photo on Instagram where he said that he used to starve himself for weeks ahead of photoshoots.

"Self-love, I think people think it's a destination", he said. Therapy hasn't taken away his bouts of depression, but have made it easier to dig out of the ruts.

There aren't many openly non-binary celebrities in the public eye, though thankfully, that list is growing. When he first saw the term, he thought, "F***, that is me".

He finished by saying: "I'll always be at war with this bloody mirror but this shoot and this day was a step in the right f-ing direction". "I've sometimes sat there and questioned, 'Do I want a sex change?' It's something I still think about, but I don't think it is". "I think I put the weight back on in like two weeks, cause I hadn't figured out my relationship with food". Like: Do I want to? "It's something I still think about, but I don't think it is".

So how does he identify? I am not male or female. "I think I float somewhere in between - somewhat on the spectrum", Sam said.

He also revealed that bullies targeted him for his weight when he was 11 years old, and that the victimisation lasted well into his teens. At the time I was very happy about it, ' he explained. "I've been very feminine in many ways - and I've resented that".

The singer also talked about the more feminine aspects of his personality and his body. It's always going to be a battle but I'm trying my best'. I've nearly been like: No, that's not manly. "Because that's what men do".

He recalled sending photos of actor Tom Hardy to his trainer only to come to realize, "I will never look like that because there's a bit of a woman in me that won" t allow that. This realization has been life-changing. "Especially well-known men... Even doing this chat feels kind of weird, because guys don't speak about this that much on a big scale". "And maybe that's OK'".

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