Sam Smith Reveals To Attitude Magazine That He Almost Quit Singing

I’m sure every singer at one point during their career has contemplated giving it all up. Sam Smith reveals, for him, that time came while recording his forthcoming sophomore album. The 25-year-old singer reveals all to Elton John, who conducted the interview for the latest issue of Attitude’s October issue.

“There was a period, when making the [new] record, that I was in a really bad place. I got dumped, which wasn’t very nice,” Sam said. “Writing music about that kind of thing is normally like therapy for me, but when I got dumped this time round I just couldn’t write for about two months. My team had to force me to get into the studio, because I almost felt as if I didn’t want to do it any more. So, there were moments on there where it got a bit intense and I started to lose myself.”

Smith also addressed the controversy surrounding his 2016 Academy Awards speech. He faced an online backlash after commenting he was proud to be the first openly gay Oscar winner.

“It made me really sad for a few weeks afterwards, I was really upset. But my intentions were good. I met Ian afterwards and we had a laugh about it. I’m at peace with it now,” Smith explained to Sir Elton. “Basically, I just fucked up. I was so nervous… I’d read Sir Ian McKellen’s interview the day before saying that no openly gay man had ever won the Oscar for best actor, and in that moment my brain and my mouth didn’t work together. That’s nerves for you.”

For more, head over to Attitude.