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Sam Smith wants music to be boundless

Musician Sam Smith insists there is nothing he is prouder of than his sexuality, which is why he is happy to be a spokesperson for homosexuality.

Singer Sam Smith hopes his music will help change opinions in countries where homosexuality is abhorred.

The openly-gay singer came under fire for saying he had no interest in being a spokesperson for his sexuality in 2014. He's now clarified his remarks, insisting he has been out for much of his life and is happy to be a role model for others.

"I’m a gay man who came out when I was 10 years old, and there’s nothing in my life that I’m prouder of," he told NME magazine. "I want to be a figure in the gay community, who speaks for gay men. I sell records in countries where gay men get killed and that’s a big thing for me, because maybe one person in that country will pick up my album, realise it’s by a gay artist, and it might change their opinion."

The 23-year-old star's comments were meant to sound inclusive rather than as if he was rejecting gay people, with Sam explaining his main aim is to make music which appeals to people across the board.

"I wanted anyone, gay or straight, to be able to relate to me singing about men, like I was able to relate to Stevie Wonder or John Legend singing about girls," he said. "I want to be a spokesperson."

Sam is riding a career high at the moment after his track Stay With Me was named song of the year at the BMI Awards and he received two Guinness World Records, one for the amount of time his debut album remained in the UK top 10 chart and the other for having being the first artist whose James Bond theme went to number one. The song, Writing's On The Wall, has been a huge hit and is taken from the new 007 movie Spectre. Daniel Craig is back in the saddle as the smooth spy, something Sam has a surprising view on.

"I went back and watched them all (Bond films), I realised that it’s (Sean) Connery and (Roger) Moore who I love the most," he explained. "I love how classy and clean-cut they are. I think I’d like the next Bond to be more of a return to that."

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