It’s been a few years since we’ve heard Sam Smith croon to us about love and now we know why—the soulful singer nearly quit music altogether. In a revealing new interview with Attitude Magazine, the singer told Sir Elton John that while making his new, still-untitled album, he considered leaving everything behind after a particularly painful breakup.
"I got dumped, which wasn’t very nice. Writing music about that kind of thing is normally like therapy for me, but when I got dumped this time 'round I just couldn’t write for about two months... My team had to force me to get into the studio, because I almost felt as if I didn’t want to do it anymore,” he said. “So, there were moments on there where it got a bit intense and I started to lose myself." After pulling himself together, he began to record again and recently released “Too Good at Goodbyes,” his first single since the James Bond track "Writing's On the Wall" from 2015's Spectre.
While details from the album weren’t revealed, elsewhere in the interview Smith talked about the infamous speech he gave after winning an Oscar for the Bond song. You know, that one where he falsely claimed to be the “first openly gay Oscar winner,” which led to intense blacklash. The statement was made after misinterpreting the words of Sir Ian McKellen in an interview he’d read. “It made me really sad for a few weeks afterwards, I was really upset. But my intentions were good. I met Ian afterwards and we had a laugh about it. I’m at peace with it now,” he explained to Elton John.
To read the full interview, buy or download Attitude and, in the meantime, listen to his heartbreaking new track.