Sam Smith got emotional while giving a speech about coming out as non-binary.
On Wednesday, the “Stay With Me” singer accepted the Person of the Year award at the 2019 Attitude Awards in London, where Smith opened up about the journey toward becoming a non-binary person.
“This is incredibly overwhelming,” Smith, 27, told the audience at the event.
“Thank you so much to everyone in this room,” they continued. “Tonight, just watching all of you has just been amazing, and I’m so honoured to be in this room with you all.”
As the kimono-clad singer explained, 2019 has been like “a wild ride of self-realization, and has almost felt like a second coming out.”
Smith went on to thank a number of people who inspired them during the past year, including performance artist Alok Menon, writer Tom Rasmussen, transgender model/actress Munroe Bergdorf, director Glyn Fussell, and others.
“The reason I’ve been able to show all of the sides of myself to the public, and express myself in these ways, is because I felt incredibly safe,” Smith said of the support they experienced.
You can see the speech in its entirety in the video above.