Sam Smith Opens Up on Homophobia Experiences in 'Rolling Stone'

Sam Smith Opens Up on Homophobia Experiences in 'Rolling Stone'

Sam Smith rocks a leather jacket on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s latest issue, out on newsstands now!

Here’s what the 22-year-old English singer had to share with the mag:

On the relationship between him and the first man he fell for, who didn’t feel the same way: “It makes me emotional, actually… He looked out for me for the rest of school. Until I turned 17,18, he just made sure that if anyone took the piss out of me, he would stick up for me. He could have made it hell for me, you know?”

On the homophobia he’s experienced: “He was like, I don’t want to share my eraser with a gay man… Prick. I hope he’s reading this [Another time, I was with my dad and] someone drove by and yelled “faggot”. I was just embarrassed that my dad had to see that, because I could only imagine how you feel as a parent. You just want to kill them. I was always embarrassed for the people around me. It never actually deeply affected me. You just ignore it, you know?”

On his parents divorce: “I’ve never told this story before… We had no choice but to go for walks through Central Park and talk about it. My sisters, the girls would cry. I would cry. We all dealt with it suddenly. [It was]the easiest divorce ever, [but] I said that to convince myself. That’s what I did from Day One, you know? We pretend like we’re OK, but it did affect [my siblings and I].”

For more on Sam, visit RollingStone.com!

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