In his most recent New York Times profile, called “The Tear-Stained Confessions of Sam Smith,” the Oscar winner cries no less than 8(!) times during the two hours speaking to the reporter in front of him.
Writes Times reporter Taffy Brodesser-Akner:
“This is a mostly complete inventory of the times that sweet, sad Sam Smith cried over the course of two hours on a couch here at the Chateau Marmont hotel on a recent Friday morning: He cried when he talked about the house he grew up in; when he reminisced about a crush who turned on him; when he talked about his first voice teacher.
He cried when he talked about writing ‘Pray,’ a song from his new album, ‘The Thrill of It All.’ He cried when he talked about the children he met in Mosul, Iraq, on a recent humanitarian mission, and then he looked down at the sparrow tattoo he got on his arm when he returned home, with ‘Be good, be kind’ written in Arabic beneath it, and he cried again. He cried talking about how much he cried when he watched the movie ‘Inside Out.’
And he cried when he talked about love. When he talked about love, he leaned back on the couch with his limbs splayed and looked upward as if he died momentarily just considering a concept so big.”
Smith, I say this with curiosity and not an ounce of exasperation: why are you crying?
If hearing about his waterworks isn’t enough, the Times also goes into great detail to render what his tears look like: “big, delicious tears that coated and magnified his sad, glorious blue eyeballs but never quite leaked out onto his cheeks.”
He also begins to tear up when he begins to talk about internet call-out culture.
“The only thing I’d like everyone to know is I’m really sorry if I say the wrong things,” he told the Times. “I don’t want to offend anyone and my intentions are genuinely pure and good. I’m still trying to figure [expletive] out and I’d like to be treated like a human. If I make mistakes don’t kill me.”
Sam, Natasha from ANTM has something to tell you.