Why Oscar-winner Sam Smith may not tour again

Sam misses their family when he tours [Image: Getty]

Singer and Oscar-winner Sam Smith has said that they might stop touring all together because "touring is really, really difficult."

Sam - who recently changed their pronouns to "they/them" - revealed that they've faced severe mental health struggles while on the road.

They said: "After every tour I've been on, I've had a bit of a meltdown, if I'm honest.

"I don't want to lose my mind, so I'm scared for the next tour."

Sam continued: "I have an on-the-road therapist. There's many ways to handle it, but the truth is I don't handle it, I find it really hard."

Sam Smith [Photo: @samsmith]

While they're hugely popular with their legions of fans, touring's a lonely experience for them and they miss their loved ones.

Sam explained: "You go away from all your family and friends for so long and then you come back and everyone's changed and everything's changed.

"You have to play catch-up, but you have to play catch-up knowing full well that you're going to go again in a year's time.

"So it's really hard but at the same time it's incredibly addictive because I get to meet my fans and sing for all of them.

"I travel to some incredible places and I'm doing what I love when I'm performing and the highs that you feel are incredible."

Sam Smith [Photo: @samsmith]

Sam has been in the spotlight even more so than usual recently, as they announced their non-binary identity.

Earlier this year, they did an interview with Jameela Jamil, in which the two stars discussed the topics of gender and identity.

Sam said: "You do not identify in a gender.

"You are just you. You are your own special creation. That is how I take it. I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between - somewhat on the spectrum.

They added: "I've always had a bit of a war in my body and my mind...I do think like a woman in my head at time.

"I've sometimes sat there and questioned, 'Do I want a sex change?' It's something I still think about, but I don't think it is.

"I've tried to change that into my thoughts on gender...when I move, when I have sex with men, it's very feminine. I'm feminine in many ways - and I've resented that."


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