Singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who in 2019 described their body image issues as “the root of all my grief,” has opened up about learning to love their bodies after years of insecurity, revealing that she now has “the opposite of body dysmorphia.” to have’. ‘.
The comments came in an interview with The Sunday timesin which Smith said they are now “happier than ever” in their own skin after years of anxiety over music industry criticism of how they look.
The 30-year-old rose to fame in 2014 with their Grammy-winning debut album, In the lonely hourand enjoyed continued success with their Oscar-winning theme song for the James Bond movie Ghostbut after a demanding 2018 tour, they were forced to reevaluate their relationship with their body image.
“When I was 25, I came off the tour exhausted,” Smith said. “I looked at role models in the body world. Every time I went to the pool I felt self-conscious, but I forced myself to take my top off.
“It paid off because I now have the opposite of body dysmorphia. I look fantastic. I’m finally tanning. I’ve been burned in places I’ve never been burned.’
The NHS says body dysmorphia is a ‘mental health condition in which a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance’ that are often unnoticeable to others. The condition is most common in teens and young adults.
Smith has spoken out in the past about their experience dealing with body image issues. In an Instagram post shared in 2019, they said they will “always be at war with this damn mirror,” but “decided to fight the fuck back.” Take back my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mom and dad made and love so unconditionally.”
It seems the star has kept this mindset and is now feeling more comfortable in their own skin – as seen in a post shared on Instagram on Christmas Day last year in which they were wearing nothing but bikini bottoms.
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