As traditional gender barriers continue to break down, more high-profile young celebrities are opening up about how and where they fit in. British singer Sam Smith, for one, spoke about his gender identity in a new interview with The Sunday聽Times.

鈥淚 don鈥檛 know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man,鈥 he said.

The 鈥淭oo Good at Goodbyes鈥 singer went on to describe how that has influenced his sense of fashion and self over the years. 鈥淧eople don鈥檛 know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn, and all that,鈥 he recalled. 鈥淭here was one moment in my life where I didn鈥檛 own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full makeup every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens, and huge fur coats 鈥 for two and a half years.鈥

Smith showed The Times the two Venus symbols he has tattooed on his fingers, and said he does not identify as a cisgender male.

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The Grammy winner first broke onto the charts with his appearance on Disclosure鈥檚 2012 single 鈥淟atch.鈥 Two years later, he showed the world the depth of his talents with his solo single 鈥淪tay With Me.鈥 At just 20 years old, Smith was suddenly receiving worldwide acclaim, and he admits that it was a difficult time to be coming to terms with his own identity.

鈥淚 remember, at the beginning of my career, being called a 鈥榞ay singer,鈥 and I didn鈥檛 want that,鈥 he told the Times. 鈥淚 wanted to be seen as a singer first, before people spoke about my private life. Now it鈥檚 changed 鈥 I鈥檝e changed. I realize that maybe I don鈥檛 mind that title.鈥

Smith鈥檚 new album The Thrill of It All will be released on November 2, 2017.

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