Sam Smith feared sexuality impact
Sam Smith worried that being open about his sexuality would damage his career so he was happy to be proved wrong
Sam Smith was "scared" his sexuality would damage his career.
The 22-year-old singer knows it was a "risk" to admit he was gay from a "very young age" but is happy to have been proved wrong and enjoyed global success.
He said: "I've been very open from a very young age about it. The thought of people not being able to hear the music I make scared me, because that's my dream.
"That's been my dream from a very young age. So it was a risk but I was proved completely wrong."
The 'Stay with Me' singer recently appeared to suggest he doesn't want to be a spokesperson for the gay community, but he insists he just meant he doesn't only want to represent one group of people.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: "What I meant was I don't want to limit to just one community. I want to reach everyone, gay people, lesbians, transsexuals, straight people, Catholics, anyone."
Sam has a number of celebrity fans like Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus, but he, like them, is more impressed by talent than fame.
He said: "You recognise them more for their talent than fame. I met Beyoncé. She told me my voice was like butter."