Sam Smith, a renowned English singer, and songwriter has made drastic changes to his body. The writer of “Lay Me Down” has joked and opened up about his weight loss journey.
Smith talked about his unhealthy relationship with his weight when he first came into the spotlight in an interview. “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,” the singer said.
The singer largely faded from the spotlight after winning four Grammy awards for his debut album “In the Lonely Hour.” He had lost almost 3.5 stone by the time he resurfaced, heralding his second album “The Thrill of It All.” Smith told the interviewer that he feels more at ease in front of the camera now that he’s lost weight: “Now, I’ve gotten to a place where I really love my stretch marks and I just enjoy my body.””
Unfortunately, the songwriter also admitted that body image would still 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,” Smith said. “It’s something that I’m fighting every day.”
The self-indulgent aspect of his career is a part of that war. Smith, as a high-profile artist, must be self-aware at all times. He said, “I have to listen to my voice daily, I make decisions on what tour posters or album covers look like, I look at my face while sitting in the makeup chair.”
This isn’t the first time Smith has spoken openly about his body image issues. He told another interviewer about his unhealthy relationship with food and how he grew “bigger and bigger and bigger” while recording his debut album.
He admitted that “From a young age, food has controlled me, basically. When I was at school and wasn’t having a great time or when music wasn’t going very well, I would eat. When I felt lonely, I would eat.”
Smith credited nutritionist Amelia Freer with his transformation in 2015, writing on Instagram that “I met a woman who has absolutely changed my life” in a now-deleted post. Amelia Freer, he wrote, had helped him lose over a stone in two weeks and had fully changed his perspective and relationship with food. He went on to say that it’s no longer about losing weight, but rather about feeling good about yourself.
Sam Smith’s openness about such a struggle is an inspiration. When people do feel this way, look at how the pop superstar took his time and changed every facet of his life to lose weight. In doing so, he was able to achieve his goal. Be healthy and happy.