Sam Smith Chats With Sarah Jessica Parker About Body Image Issues, Loving His “Stretch Marks”

The singer got candid with Carrie in the new cover story for V magazine.

That’s right, Sarah Jessica Parker got Sam Smith to spill all the tea in the latest issue of V magazine.

SJP, an apparent Smith-super fan (“You’re the real troubadour of our time,” she told him), inquired about the 25-year-old singer’s evolution as a gay man, from his first album, In the Lonely Hour, to his recent, sophomore release, The Thrill of It All.

“I’m just figuring out what it means to be gay. When I made that first album, I was 19. I had never been in a relationship. I didn’t have any gay friends. Now, I have gay friends, and it’s changed my life.”

Smith also opened up about body image, a pressing issue for gay and bisexual men who are disproportionally affected by eating disorders.

“When I was shooting my first music videos, I just wasn’t happy with the way I looked, so I was trying to control the way the camera moved. I got a bit obsessive. I was constantly looking in the mirror, pinching my waist, weighing myself every day.”

But Smith has since made progress.

“I’ve gotten to a place where I really love my stretch marks and I just enjoy my body… But my body image is always going to be an issue. I need to constantly train myself to watch the right sort of films, to not look at certain ads and think that’s how my stomach should look. It’s something that I’m fighting every day. I think men should talk about it more.”

His vulnerability didn’t go unnoticed by SJP.

“Thank you for being so kind to me and letting me probe a bit. I’m so proud of you,” she says, concluding the interview.

“I hope we can go for a drink soon,” Smith responded.


Read the full piece over at V.

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