Identity is something that a lot of people struggle with, particularly in their younger years, but it can also be something that takes a lifetime to fully understand and get a grip on. Over the last decade or so, more and more people have begun speaking out about gender identity specifically, and normalizing the use of terms like "transgender", "non-binary", and "cisgender". Sam Smith's gender identity struggles were made easier with help from Jim Carrey.
When it comes to gender identity, there are a lot of things to learn, and for the average person, it can be confusing at first. The majority of people are born "cisgender", meaning that the gender they identify with aligns with their sex at birth. Earlier this year, singer Sam Smith came out as "non-binary", which means that they are not exclusively masculine or feminine, and usually use "they/them" pronouns.
When going through such a major struggle with their identity, it's easy for one to become depressed and feel totally lost in the world, and Smith is no exception. "My emotions can be a bit of a rollercoaster at times… I sometimes feel this great and heavy sadness inside," they told Daily Star.
When you're feeling such immense sadness, the only way out is to find the light, and for Smith, that light just so happened to be Canadian actor, Jim Carrey.
"I recently read a quote from Jim that summed up my feelings perfectly. ‘Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character you’ve been trying to play.’”
In their interview, Smith also revealed that over the years, there have been times when they "felt silenced," and as if they had to stop wearing certain things in order to have a successful career as a pop star.
"As each day went on slowly but surely my suits started to feel like straight jackets and my head started to feel more and more like a prison.”
Their choice to come out has made life much more enjoyable for Smith, leaving them feeling much more liberated. "My gender situation allows me to be myself,” they explained.