English singer and songwriter Sam Smith has formally announced they wish to be referred to as "they" rather than "he".
Taking to Instagram, the 27-year-old star explained: "Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ... 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 [bleep] it!
"I understand there will be many mistakes and misgendering but all I ask is you please, please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now."
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The singing star went on to say they were not ready to speak "at length about what it means to be non binary" but look forward to a time when they can.
"For now I just want to be VISIBLE and open," Sam concluded before encouraging anyone with questions to direct them to activists and the non binary/trans community that have helped him.
Sam's celebrity mates flocked to the post to voice their support.
Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness wrote: "Love, love, love."
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Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ 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 but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you. P.s. I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am. So for now I just want to be VISIBLE and open. If you have questions and are wondering what this all means I’ll try my best to explain but I have also tagged below the human beings who are fighting the good fight everyday. These are activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community that have helped me and given me so much clarity and understanding. @tomglitter @munroebergdorf @transnormativity @alokvmenon @katemoross @glamrou @travisalabanza @twyrent @chellaman @jvn @lavernecox @stonewalluk @glaad @humanrightscampaign @mermaidsgender Love you all. I’m scared shitless, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x
Pentatonix singer Scott Hoying wrote: "Love you!"
Demi Lovato gushed" "So proud!"
And singer JoJo posted: "I love YOU!!!!!! You are incredible!!!!!"
Many of Sam's fans also voiced their support - even when they admitted they didn't completely understand the issue.
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One wrote: "I must admit I don’t get all of the non binary stuff, BUT I don’t need to. I can still respect your decision and try to adhere to it."
A second agreed: "Not sure I understand, but I am 100% supportive of you and anyone else being true to themselves and who they feel they are as human beings."
And a third wrote" "I guess I don’t have enough knowledge to understand what does 'non binary' mean 😅. Gonna google it tho. But anyway it’s great that you speak up. It’s always not easy."
Sadly, some people on social media reacted in an entirely hostile manner - so more power to Sam and his choice!
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