Sam Smith shares why he had liposuction aged 12

scandal 18/03/2019

Sam Smith has bravely remained completely open when it comes to gender identity and other personal topics.

While appearing on Jameela Jamil's new series I Weigh Interviews, the Grammy winner was asked what "Non-binary, genderqueer" identity means to him.

"You do not identify in a gender. You are just you…you are your own special creation," Sam shared during the candid conversation. "That is how I take it. I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between — somewhat on the spectrum."

He continued,

I've always had a bit of a war in my body and my mind…I do think like a woman in my head at times. 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.

Another topic Sam has been open about is his struggle with body image. During his latest interview, the 26-year-old looked back on his decision to get liposuction when he was 12 years old.

"When I was a kid, I was chubby…and then it would get worse and worse and worse and I was holding a lot of weight in my chest. When I hit 11 years old, I went to the doctor's. I was so self-conscious that it was affecting my mood every day and my life as a teenager," he shared. "I had liposuction, I was 12 years old."

Sam continued. "At the time I think I was very happy about it. It didn't really change anything. I think I put the weight back on in two weeks because I hadn't figured out my relationship with food, so it didn't really change anything. But being 12 years old and having liposuction on your chest is quite a big deal."