“I have the opposite of body dysmorphia!” : Sam Smith talks about finally learning to love his figure after years of insecurity
Sam Smith has revealed they have “the opposite of body dysmorphia” after finally learning to love their figure.
The singer, 30 – who is non-binary and uses gender-neutral pronouns – explained how he struggled with weight issues as a child and feared being judged after entering the music industry music.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Sam revealed that a grueling tour in 2018 forced them to reevaluate their thoughts and they are now “happier than ever” in their own skin.
Loving life: Sam Smith has revealed they have ‘the opposite of body dysmorphia’ after finally learning to love their figure
Sam went on to say that the fears stemmed from their childhood when they would be embarrassed during family vacations.
‘[Following the 2018 tour] Every time I went to the pool, I felt uncomfortable, but I forced myself to take off my top”.
“It paid off as I now have the opposite of body dysmorphia. I look fabulous. I’m finally tan. I’m getting burned in places I’ve never been burned.
Honest: Speaking to The Sunday Times, Sam revealed a grueling tour in 2018 forced them to reassess and he is now ‘happier than ever’ in his own skin (right, pictured in 2018)
Gorgeous: ‘I now have the opposite of body dysmorphia. I look fabulous. I finally tan. I’m burned in places where I’ve never been burned’
Adding: ‘My mum says that as I got older I stopped caring so much about what people think. She tends to be right.
According to the NHS, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, “is a mental health condition in which a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often imperceptible to others.
It comes after the hitmaker was mocked for discussing the craziest rumor they’ve ever heard about themselves – that they’re secretly the singer Adelebut in drag.
Loud and proud: Adding: ‘My mum says that as I got older I stopped caring so much about what people think.’ She tends to be right’
The star told Drew Barrymore on Monday that the conspiracy theory arose because they and Adele, 34, were never seen in the same room.
And besides, Sam said if you slow down Adele’s voice, it really sounds like theirs.
Sam said: ‘Everyone thinks I’m Adele. We have never been seen together in the same room. If you slow down his voice, it kinda sounds like mine.
But fans went wild and tweeted: ‘No one has ever, in their wildest fever dream, while drunk and high on opioids, EVER said Sam Smith was Adele in drag.
Zany: It comes after the hitmaker was mocked for discussing the craziest rumor they’ve ever heard about themselves – that they’re secretly singer Adele, but in drag
‘The voice? Of course, the pitch of the sounds looks like it. But physically? Even a blind man wouldn’t make this mistake.
“I want Adele’s reaction to what Sam Smith said.”
‘One thing is “hey, they sound the same!” and another is “Adele is Sam Smith in drag!”. Not exactly the same.
WHAT IS DYSMORPHIC BODY DISORDER?
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition in which a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often imperceptible to others.
People of any age can get BDD, but it’s more common in teenagers and young adults. It affects both men and women.
Having BDD doesn’t mean you’re conceited or obsessed with yourself. It can be very upsetting and have a big impact on your life.
You might have BDD if you:
- worry a lot about a specific area of your body (especially your face)
- spending a lot of time comparing one’s appearance with that of others
- do you look in mirrors often or avoid mirrors altogether
- going to great lengths to conceal flaws – for example, spending a lot of time doing their hair, applying makeup, or choosing clothes
- scrape your skin to make it “smooth”
BDD can seriously affect your daily life, including your work, social life, and relationships. BDD can also lead to depression, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts.
You should see your GP if you think you might have BDD.
If you have relatively mild symptoms of BDD, you should be referred to a type of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which you do alone or in a group.
If you have moderate symptoms of BDD, you should be offered CBT or a type of antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
If you have more severe symptoms of BDD, or if other treatments are not working, you should be offered CBT with an SSRI.