Sam Smith Isn’t Sure If He Wants A Boyfriend Because He’s “Never Had A Boyfriend” Before

And with that, Sam Smith just squashed his reputation as a serial dater.

Sam Smith’s whirlwind romances with dancer Jonathan Zeizel and reality star Charlie King earlier this year were apparently nothing more than a flings among friends. The 23-year-old singer revealed in a sit-down interview with E! that he’s actually never had a boyfriend before. Ever.

“I’ve never had a boyfriend so I don’t really know any different, which I think is very lucky actually,” he said. “I’m still learning on what’s right and what’s normal in dates. I think with anyone, you have to learn how to trust people and there’s different challenges and hurdles in my life now but I’m trying to remain as normal as I was before.”

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Celebrating the wild success of his Bond theme “Writing’s on the Wall” (the only Bond theme song to reach number one in the UK), Smith hinted last week that he was ready to take a break from music to try dating.

“I’ve been going now for three years nonstop and it feels right for me to just go home and just live my life and be a 23-year-old,” he said. “My love life, the downs and ups, it never stops, so I’m always inspired by stuff like that, but it’d be good to spend some time dating.”

But his break from music was even shorter than his short-lived relationships this year. He dropped his latest track “Drowning Shadows” exactly seven days after making that statement, calling it “the saddest song I’ve ever written.”

For now, it seems like Sam doesn’t really know what he wants, and that’s fine with me. (I’m here for you when you’re ready, Sam!)

“Is anyone ready for a relationship?” he said. “Who knows. I’ve been single for 23 years so I don’t know. It’s going to take something.”

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.