Saturday 29 October 2016

As Sam Smith turns 24 here are 24 things you didn’t know about him

Published 19/05/2016 | 15:15

British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, winner for Best Original Song for
British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, winner for Best Original Song for "Writing's on the Wall" from the movie "Spectre", gestures at the Governors Ball following the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Sam Smith turns 24 today, which seems incredible considering he already has four Grammys, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar all vying for top spot on his mantelpiece.

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In honour of the British artist on his big day we've compiled a list of 24 things you (probably) didn't know about him...

He was born in 1992 (which probably makes you feel very very old) in London.

What was dominating the airwaves when he arrived kicking and honing his pipes into the world? KWS were in the middle of a five week run at number one in the UK chart with Please Don't Go.

On his path to stardom he worked in a bar, which involved scrubbing toilets, for a living.  This was just two years before he shot to fame with Disclosure and the track Latch.

His former school, St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford, has just announced plans to drop music at GCSE level, due to lack of interest from students.

He has a supermodel best friend in Daisy Lowe.

And a famous (third cousin) in Lily Allen.


He can count four Grammys (2015 - Best New Artist, Stay with Me for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album for his debut In the Lonely Hour), a Golden Globe (Best Original Song for Spectre theme tune Writing's on the Wall) and an Oscar (for the same) among his trophies.

He has devoured the entire Harry Potter and Twilight book series.

He came under fire for mistakenly saying he was the first openly gay man to earn an Oscar and shut down his Twitter account for a few days in the wake of an onslaught of criticism.


He has OCD.  He told GQ, “I had to film myself flicking off every plug and checking every tap,” said the singer. “I had a fear if the house was going to flood or burn I would have proof I had nothing to do with it.”

He's been honing his craft since an early age - he had jazz training at 8.

He loves a diva voice and counts Amy Winehouse, Adele, Beyonce, Mariah, and Whitney among his faves.  He also got detention in school for mitching to attend a Lady Gaga concert.

Sam has only released one album, In the Lonely Hour, but is working on his second.  "It's really deep sh*t coming out, that's all I'll say," he told The Associated Press.

In the Lonely Hour explored his personal experiences with unrequited love.  He had never been in a relationship prior to the album releasing but was in love with a straight male friend.

He has admitted that he loves the album, including songs Stay With Me and I'm Not the Only One, but does not like the track Money on My Mind.

He has been romantically linked to dancer and model Jonathon Ziezel, TOWIE star Charlie King, model Jay Camilleri, and ex-Hollyoaks star Andy Newton Lee.


He has two Guinness World Records - one for the first James Bond theme tune to go to number one in the UK and the other for the most consecutive weeks in the UK top 10 by a debut album. Both were awarded last year.

He suffered from stage fright early in his career.

He also believes in ghosts.

He shocked fans when he rocked up to the Grammys having lost a whopping three stone.  The secret of his success? "I'm just not eating like a pig anymore. That's basically it!"

US musician Tom Petty said he has no hard feelings towards Sam after he sued the young singer over similarities between Stay With Me and Petty's 1989 song I Won't Back Down.  Petty called it a 'musical accident'.

He's had five UK number one singles with La La La with Naughty Boy, Money on my Mind, Stay With Me, Lay Me Down and Writing's on the Wall.

He encouraged fellow singer Meghan Trainor to go ahead with her vocal surgery after he had similar surgery in early 2015.

He said he founded it harder to be criticised for being fat than gay. "When someone calls you gay, there is not much you can do about that because I am. But when someone calls you fat there is something that you could do about that."

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