Sam Smith Gives up Alcohol and Plans to Become a Father
Openly gay British singer Sam Smith has been dating his actor boyfriend Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why) since last year and, even though they’re just enjoying their relationship at the moment, Sam revealed in a recent interview would love to become a father one day. He also opened up about his battle with alcohol addiction and crippling anxiety, which has left him terrified of going on stage.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he said: “I want a baby one day, it’s always been a dream, but next stop is getting a dog — a rescue dog.”
And, although his music career means the couple are often apart for long periods at a time, Sam is grateful that his boyfriend “understands” his lifestyle.
He explained: “Just like any relationship, it’s important to have someone who understands your life.
“We are opposites but also similar in many ways and it is nice to have someone who understands — especially with the travelling. I have a house in LA and am all over the place. It’s great, we are young and it’s good to travel.”
As for his anxiety, the singer says he is left on the verge of panic attacks before walking on stage.
“I get massive anxiety. I really struggle,” he says. “I was so nervous at the Grammys this year.
“I thought I would be more in control of my body and emotions but I get so nervous, to the point I’m almost having panic attacks.
“Sometimes I need people who I love around me to tell me, ‘Pull yourself together, you’re being a drama queen — it’s too much now, Sam, so rein it in’.”
The singer also reveals his mind works better now after giving up alcohol.
“I’ve been completely off the booze for three weeks now. I never want to make promises but being sober is something I’m interested in.
“When I don’t drink and I’m not smoking cigarettes, when I’m completely clean, I feel so focused and happy.
“I don’t see myself drinking for the rest of the year because of the tour. I am more fun when off the booze — it’s nice. I am enjoying it now and we will see how it goes.”
He’s 25. Brandon’s 24.