Calum Scott Relives Coming Out to Parents in “No Matter What” Video

"A story I never thought I would share," writes the "Dancing on My Own" singer.

Much like his cool folks, we love Calum Scott no matter what.

The 30-year-old U.K. singer-songwriter has released a powerful new music video for his latest single, “No Matter What,” which illustrates an emotional journey of acceptance for both his family and himself.

“’No Matter What’ is without question the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of,” Scott says in a statement.

“It’s a song born from loneliness and the heartbreaking but liberating tale of my coming-out experience,” he continues. “What I love about this song is that it isn’t just limited to a story of sexual identity, but about the relationship between parent and child and acceptance as a whole.”

“A story I never thought I would share,” Scott writes on Instagram. “I hope this song and video serves as a tool to inspire confidence and compassion all across the world.”

Directed by Ozzie Pullin, the video shows younger versions of Scott getting bullied by former friends and later introducing a boyfriend to his father at a family dinner.

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A young Scott also comes out to his mother after waiting years to tell her and expecting the worst. “She said, ’I love you no matter what
,'” he sings. “’I just want you to be happy and always be who you are.’”


Scott rose to fame after competing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015. His stripped-down cover of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own,” which didn’t change the original’s gender pronouns, climbed the U.K. charts the following year.

“No Matter What” will appear on a special deluxe edition of Scott’s debut album, Only Human, out November 30.

Only Human, which includes hit single “You Are the Reason,” also tackles queer themes on tracks like “If Our Love Is Wrong” and “Hotel Room.”

Scott performed this summer at GLAAD’s Concert for Love and Acceptance in Nashville.

Watch “No Matter What” below.
 

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