Sam Smith reveals Lady Gaga helped them come to terms with their non-binary gender identity – Daily Mail

‘She gave me permission to be proud of my queerness!’ Sam Smith reveals Lady Gaga helped them come to terms with their non-binary gender identity

Last September, Sam Smith publicly stated that they are non-binary and go by they/them pronouns.

And now, the singer, 28, has revealed that it was fellow singer Lady Gaga, 34, who helped them to come to terms with their non-binary gender identity.

Sam credited the Born This Way songstress with giving them: ‘permission to be proud of their queerness!’ 

Credit where credit is due: Sam Smith, 28, has revealed that it was fellow singer Lady Gaga, 34, helped them to come to terms with their non-binary gender identity

Credit where credit is due: Sam Smith, 28, has revealed that it was fellow singer Lady Gaga, 34, helped them to come to terms with their non-binary gender identity

Credit where credit is due: Sam Smith, 28, has revealed that it was fellow singer Lady Gaga, 34, helped them to come to terms with their non-binary gender identity

Speaking in a video for Vogue, Sam explained how LGBTQ rights activist Lady Gaga helped them to accept themselves.

Sam said: ‘Gaga is probably the reason why I actually came to terms with my gender. I was 15 when ‘The Fame’ came out and I was obsessed with Lady Gaga.

‘She gave me complete permission to be myself and to be proud of my queerness. It was a form of expression, but it was also weirdly a form of protection.’

Sam – who is also openly gay – said Gaga’s music helped them tell his school bullies to ‘stay away’ from them, because they knew they could be ‘confident and powerful’ in their own body.  

Firm friends: Speaking in a video for Vogue , Sam explained how LGBTQ rights activist Lady Gaga helped them to accept themselves (Pictured together in 2016)

Firm friends: Speaking in a video for Vogue , Sam explained how LGBTQ rights activist Lady Gaga helped them to accept themselves (Pictured together in 2016)

Firm friends: Speaking in a video for Vogue , Sam explained how LGBTQ rights activist Lady Gaga helped them to accept themselves (Pictured together in 2016)

Iconic: 'Gaga is probably the reason why I actually came to terms with my gender. I was 15 when 'The Fame' came out and I was obsessed with Lady Gaga' explained Sam

Iconic: 'Gaga is probably the reason why I actually came to terms with my gender. I was 15 when 'The Fame' came out and I was obsessed with Lady Gaga' explained Sam

Iconic: ‘Gaga is probably the reason why I actually came to terms with my gender. I was 15 when ‘The Fame’ came out and I was obsessed with Lady Gaga’ explained Sam

Elsewhere in the video for Vogue, Sam also discussed how makeup has become a key part of their journey as a non-binary performer.

They said: ‘It doesn’t matter what gender you are, makeup is a form of expression, and it feels nice. For me, makeup just became more of a way to express my gender.

‘Last year, when I changed my pronouns and really spoke out about my gender expression and my gender fluidity, I started falling in love with makeup all over again.’ 

Proud! Sam credited the Born This Way songstress with giving them: 'permission to be proud of their queerness!' (Pictured in December 2019)

Proud! Sam credited the Born This Way songstress with giving them: 'permission to be proud of their queerness!' (Pictured in December 2019)

Proud! Sam credited the Born This Way songstress with giving them: ‘permission to be proud of their queerness!’ (Pictured in December 2019)

Amazing! 'She gave me complete permission to be myself and to be proud of my queerness. It was a form of expression, but it was also weirdly a form of protection' said Sam

Amazing! 'She gave me complete permission to be myself and to be proud of my queerness. It was a form of expression, but it was also weirdly a form of protection' said Sam

Amazing! ‘She gave me complete permission to be myself and to be proud of my queerness. It was a form of expression, but it was also weirdly a form of protection’ said Sam

Last September, the Too Good At Goodbyes hitmaker revealed they are non-binary, when they said they had decided to ’embrace’ their gender identity after ‘a lifetime of being at war’ with themselves.

Sam wrote on social media at the time: ‘Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM. 

‘After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out… (sic)’