Sam Smith has requested followers to use the pronouns “they/them”, not “he/him”, after popping out as non-binary.
The pop star wrote on Instagram: “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out.”
The singer added: “I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think.”
Six months in the past, Smith stated they didn’t really feel male or feminine, however “I flow somewhere in between”.
On Friday, the 27-year-old stated they’d been “surrounded by people that support me in this decision”.
They wrote: “I understand there will be many mistakes and mis-gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you.”
The singer went on to say: “I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am. So for now I just want to be VISIBLE and open.”
At final week’s GQ Men of the Year Awards, Smith walked the crimson carpet sporting excessive heels, posting: “I’d never ever ever be able to be myself like this in front of the industry or anyone.”
Toryn Glavin, trans engagement supervisor at LGBT charity Stonewall, stated: “We’re delighted that Sam Smith feels in a position to converse brazenly about their gender id, and their visibility could have a big impact on many non-binary individuals.
“Sadly we all know that it’s nonetheless far too laborious for individuals to be open and accepted for who they’re, and we are going to maintain campaigning till each LGBT person is accepted with out exception.”