Sam Smith went on Ellen yesterday to discuss coming out and responded to the claims that he's refuse to talk about his sexuality. The "Stay With Me" singer says his coming out "didn't feel like a coming out."
"I came out at a very very young age and I kind of felt that I had to mention it before I released my record, just so people knew who the record was about," Smith explained. "It felt like a brave thing to do as well, I wanted to do it before, because if I did it afterwards people would have thought I was lying just to sell records, which wasn't the case."
Smith also addressed criticism about his refusal to discuss his sexuality. "I'm a singer and a songwriter. I get upset sometimes because I don't talk about it too much," the Out100 cover star told Ellen. "People say, 'he doesn't want to be a spokesperson' for the gay community."
"I do, of course I do, but I want to be a spokesperson for everyone," he explained. "You know, straight people, gay people, bisexual, everything. I don't want it to be limited."
Ellen also congratulated Smith on his AMA win. "The AMAs, that was the first of many many awards," remarked Ellen. "I know you scrubbed toilets for a while, but anyway we got you this because you're getting lots of awards, it's a platinum toilet brush."
While it's a gag gift for sure, it's perhaps the most thoughtful one in joke-gift history. A plate mounted next to the brush reads, "Presented to Sam Smith to commemorate the hundreds of toilets you have scrubbed, and to certify that you will never have to do so again. Congratulations, Ellen."