Out singer-songwriter Sam Smith says he wants to more than a gay spokesperson.
“I want to be a spokesperson for everyone,” he said on Monday’s edition of Ellen. “Straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don't want to be limited.”
Smith’s comments contrast with statements he made during an interview with Digital Spy in September, in which he appeared to take a different stance. “I’m not trying to be a spokesperson,” he said at the time. “It sounds awful of me, but I’m really just trying to live my life and write music about it. That’s what I do. I’m not trying to heal the world.”
Regardless of his earlier comments, the recent American Music Awards winner told Ellen DeGeneres that he gets “upset sometimes” because “people say, ‘He doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community.’ I do. Of course I do.”
“I’m 22 as well,” he clarified, adding, “I’m still trying to figure everything out.”
While Smith boldly came out of the closet publicly shortly before the release of his debut album earlier this year, he shared with DeGeneres that he had always been out to those closest to him.
“It didn’t feel like a coming-out. I came out when I was like 4 years old,” he joked. “My mom said she knew when I was like 3. So I didn’t have to actually properly come out.”
Watch a clip from Smith’s appearance on Ellen below.