After releasing a string of singles and features, Sam Smith has revealed that they’re hard at work on their third studio album in an Instagram post. “Writing my third album like...” they wrote alongside a photo of themselves sprawled on the floor.
This summer, Smith released “How Do You Sleep,” along with a video that saw the artist serving proper pop choreography for the first time. This seemed to be the latest expression of Smith’s exploration of femininity, which they spoke about when they came out as nonbinary and genderfluid in March. At the time, Smith explained to Jameela Jamil that when they learned about gender noncomformity, they realized: “‘fuck, that is me.’”
Last month, the artist announced that they now use they/them pronouns. “I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM,” Smith wrote on Instagram. “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it! I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering [sic] but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you.”