Singer-songwriter Sam Smith has suggested he identifies as genderqueer in a new interview.
The 25-year-old told The Times newspaper in an interview he doesn’t consider himself a cisgender man.
“I don’t know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man,” he said.
Growing up, he said he was influenced by gender-bending pop stars like Boy George and Marilyn.
“People don’t know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn,” he said.
“There was one moment in my life when I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really.
“I would wear full make up every day at school – eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats, for two and a half years.
“I got teased a lot for it. But there were also people respecting me for walking around like that in my school.”
He said one night in London he was punched on the way home from his bartending job, “obviously just because of the way I looked.”
He also gave a shout-out to his favourite drag costume shop, House of Priscilla in Sydney.
“Oh, my god, I just buy everything — heels, dresses. We have a great time,” he said.
Smith will release his new album The Thrill of It All on November 3, and he’ll come to Australia to perform a one-off show in Sydney on January 16.
Earlier this month, Sam announced he would donate the expected profits from the tickets to the “yes” campaign for marriage equality in Australia.