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Sam Smith Says This Moment ‘Triggered [Their] Transition’ to Nonbinary

Sam Smith on a red carpet.

The star revealed to the world that they identified as genderfluid earlier this year.

Out100 cover star Sam Smith has had quite the year. Over the past 12 months they've released three songs, and a music video but more importantly, they revealed to the world, developments in their personal life. Namely, the singer publicly announced that they identified as nonbinary and genderfluid and would be utilizing they/them pronouns moving forward. Now, Smith is reveal the moment where these things began to crystallized.

In a new feature in Billboard, Smith and collaborator Normani discuss the creation of their duet "Dancing With a Stranger."

"I had just gone through a breakup and the last thing I wanted to do was write a sad song," Smith said. "I was listening to a lot of really sexy music because it made me feel better, so I wanted the song to capture what I was doing: going to clubs and kissing people." Same sis! Same.

So, Smith wrote "Dancing" in that vein, and brought Normani on board to be a part of it. But there was an unexpected result.

"The song launched me into a really beautiful space of writing and freedom," Smith said. "There's a femininity within that song that has ignited a flame within me; it triggered the transition I've made into a nonbinary person."

A song that helped you to truly understand and come to terms with your identity in addition to be a Billboard number one? That's what I'm talking about!

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