Sam Smith has asked fans to refer to them using the pronouns they/them – six months after coming out as non-binary.
In a post to their 13.4 million followers on Instagram, the chart-topping singer-songwriter said they had come to the decision after spending “a lifetime of being at war” with their gender.
Smith, 27, revealed earlier this year that they had questioned their gender and had at one time considered a sex change.
A person who identifies as non-binary does not define themselves exclusively as masculine or feminine and generally prefers they/them pronouns, rather than he/she.
Smith said: “Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out.
And to the extent that you get to define what we call you fine. Do recall that if we call you something else we’re just being impolite, not oppressive.
One question from an old codger though, before being a they Sam Smith was a he or a she?