“I came out when I was 10,” Sam, 25, explained. “I’d just finished primary school, going into secondary school, and I came out to my best friend when I was nine or 10. I was very sure of, and in, myself.”
He continued, “When I told my mum she said she always knew, she said she knew when I was three, and my dad just asked if I was absolutely sure. And I was sure, even at that age, but they were incredibly supportive.”
“Especially when, at 16 and 17, I used to wear a lot of makeup and dressed very differently at school,” Sam remarked. “He didn’t have a problem with it, but he was really worried about me.”
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“I was lucky, I had a very good group of friends around me, but some of the other boys could be absolutely awful to me at times. It’s nothing that has scarred me, though,” Smith concluded.
When it comes to Sir Elton, 70, he said that because of the time period he grew up in, it was nearly impossible to address his sexuality.
“I wish I had known I was gay when I was that young,” the iconic artist told Attitude. “I didn’t have sex until I was 23. I grew up in the 50s, sex was never talked about. So, at the start I didn’t know anything about sex, which was awful.”