“American Idol” alum Adam Lambert is in Sam Smith’s corner after the English pop star had a whirlwind of a year.
Smith came out as non-binary in March 2019, and then in September publicly announced a change in pronouns, from “he/his” to “they/them.”
“The media loves something that feels new and ten years ago — in America anyway — there wasn’t a lot of mainstream music people identifying as gay, so it was a novelty, and I feel there might be some parallels there,” Lambert told NME in an interview. “On a personal level, I’m really happy for Sam that they’ve found their truth and they’re feeling liberated by it.”
Lambert thinks that Smith’s coming-out will deplete the stigma around non-binary people. “At some point, you have to break through the ceiling and discuss trans or non-binary issues and I’m so proud of Sam. They’re really doing a bold thing,” Lambert said.
Lambert then addressed all the people who said Smith came out for publicity, including “Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan. Lambert claims that people need to have a little more empathy.
“If you stop for a minute and make it not about you and put yourself in the shoes of the person that’s being talked about and try to understand their experience — just for a second — you’ll realize what’s being asked is just that you be a decent human being,” he stated.