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I feel as much woman as I am man: Sam Smith on gender identity

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Oscar-winning singer has opened up about his sexuality and gender identity, saying he feels "as much woman as I am man".

When asked about why it took him a long time to come out, the now-25-year-old "Stay With Me" singer said, "Looking back on it, it was the fear of saying the wrong thing and offending people.

"And I was 19 when I started writing the first album. I'd just moved to from a village - I was literally the only gay in the village. I didn't know what I wanted to say, he told The Times.

Smith said he likes to rock heels and his love for dressing has been a passion for years.

"I love a heel. I've got loads of heels at home. People don't know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn (Monroe), and all that.

"There was one moment in my life where I didn't own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with and huge fur coats, for 2.5 years."

He added, "I don't know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man."

The Grammy-winning singer also revealed that he spent a year at the local bars drowning his break-up sorrows, but has taken a break from drinking now.

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First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 10:42 IST