The festive struggle is real reckons Sam Smith.
The British singer, who identifies as non-binary and asks
to be referred to as “they”, shared a shirtless snap on Instagram yesterday,
revealing a “struggle with their weight every day”.
The singer then shared an uplifting message of body positivity.
“Christmas time is upon us. This time of the year always triggers body issues with me,” Sam wrote.
“I love me some mince pies and all the trimmings and I always find I gain a bit of weight during this time . . . Let’s make sure we remind our bodies during this time that no matter what weight we are we are deserving of love and acceptance.”
The singer concluded by saying, “Look in the mirror and shower that reflection with Christmas kindness. Be super soft. It’s an everyday struggle for me. You aren’t alone.”
The 27-year-old hitmaker has a well-documented weight struggle and had liposuction as a child after being picked on at school for being “chubby”.
“When I hit 11 years old, I went to the doctor's. I was so self-conscious that it was affecting my mood every day. I had liposuction, I was 12 years old.
“At the time I think I was very happy about it. It didn't really change anything. I think I put the weight back on in two weeks because I hadn't figured out my relationship with food, so it didn't really change anything.
In 2015 Sam lost a whopping 25kg, attributing it to the expertise of UK-based nutritional therapist Amelia Freer.
He blamed his weight at the time to emotional eating. “From a young age, food has controlled me. When I wasn’t having a great time or when music wasn’t going very well, I would eat. When I felt lonely, I would eat,” he told 60 Minutes Australia.
Since then he’s continued his journey of self-acceptance. In an Instagram post last year, he joked about his “sexy bloated boobies”.
“Feeling bloated and gross after my flight so thought I'd post a mirror selfie of my sexy bloated boobies coz we are friends. Finally (sic).”