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Sam Smith Comes Out After Releasing 'Leave Your Lover' Video

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In an interview with ‘The FADER,’ Smith addressed the video. Also, check out Smith’s tour dates.

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Sam Smith, who has seen his star rise phenomenally since being featured on Disclosure's hit song "Latch," just put out an interesting video for his gorgeous, heartbreaking single "Leave Your Lover." The song tells a tale of unrequited love, but the video subverts our "gender norms" and shows that Smith was actually pining for the other male lead in the video, not the female lead.

That led to a lot of speculation about Smith's own sexuality, which he addressed in an interview with the FADER:

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'In the Lonely Hour' is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn't love me back. I think I'm over it now, but I was in a very dark place. I kept feeling lonely in the fact that I hadn't felt love before.

...I just wanted to talk about him and have it out there. It's about a guy and that's what I wanted people to know--I want to be clear that that's what it's about. I've been treated as normal as anyone in my life; I've had no issues. I do know that some people have issues in life, but I haven't, and it's as normal as my right arm. I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People wouldn't ask a straight person these questions. I've tried to be clever with this album, because it's also important to me that my music reaches everybody. I've made my music so that it could be about anything and everybody-- whether it's a guy, a female or a goat--and everybody can relate to that. I'm not in this industry to talk about my personal life unless it's in a musical form.

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And that's the way it should be. Smith couldn't be any more spot on with this take. If it were up to so many of us, this would be a non-issue. When you're talking about love, it's a universal theme that resonates between all couples, gay or straight (I won't comment on the goat though). A person's sexuality shouldn't have an impact on how he or she sings about it.

Smith's debut solo album In the Lonely Hours was already released in the UK, but we will have to wait until June 17 here in the U.S. Smith is performing at Bonnaroo and a sold-out show at NYC's Apollo Theater (which you can find tickets to right here at CHARGED.fm). Come September, Smith will embark on a North American tour that will see him return to New York and travel to select cities. Check out Sam Smith's tour dates below.

Sam Smith 2014 Tour Dates

Sam Smith Comes Out After Releasing 'Leave Your Lover' Video

Jun 12 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
Jun 17 Apollo Theater New York, NY  
Sep 15 House of Blues Boston Boston, MA
Sep 16 Echostage Washington, DC
Sep 19 Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
Sep 21 Kool Haus Toronto, Canada
Sep 22 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Sep 24 Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Sep 25 Paramount Theatre Seattle Seattle, WA
Sep 26 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Sep 28 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
Sep 30 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Oct 04 House of Blues Houston Houston, TX
Oct 06 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Oct 07 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Oct 09 House Of Blues Dallas Dallas, TX
Oct 10 Austin City Limits Festival Austin, TX

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