Sad souled ballad singer Sam Smith has two emotional award-winning albums under their belt – and we are all dying to know: who exactly are those songs about?
After being linked with Daisy Lowe in early 2014 after she appeared in their music video, Smith was quick to put the kibosh on that rumor – coming out as gay. In an interview with Fade, Smith confessed that they had never had a boyfriend, “I’ve never been in a relationship before. I’ve only been in unrequited relationships where people haven’t loved me back. I guess I’m a little bit attracted to that in a bad way.”
Sam has come out in recent years as being both genderfluid and genderqueer – and identifies as gay when looking for a partner.
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Same has recently (as of August 2020) been spotted out and about with French home furnishings designer François Rocci. Initially identified as a “mystery man” by a paparazzo in a snapped photo from a walk in a London Park, Rocci is an accomplished designer of interior products and furniture. Rocci’s designs feature a trademark sleekness with minimal lines – edgy with modern simplicity.
Hailing from France originally, Rocci moved to London to attend the Royal College of Art where he completed an MA in Design, after an impressive BA with Honors from Kingston University concentrating in furniture design.
If you are looking to snoop on Smith’s new love – good luck. Rocci’s social media is sparse of private life details, focusing primarily on his design work and product lines.
While neither of them has made it “Instagram official” – our eyes are peeled for the news to drop online confirming their love affair.
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Before a new chance at love with Rocci, Smith has had a lot of heartbreak that inevitably influenced their writing and musical stylings. With album number three on the horizon in October 2020, it is no secret that Sam Smith’s songs are about his loves – heartbreak, passion, infatuation, and loss. Who could these songs possibly be about?
Let’s review, shall we?
Until July of 2019, Smith was linked with Flynn – which unfortunately ended due to the stress of Smith’s touring schedule. Smith acknowledged that touring can be hard on their love life, “being on tour is a bit of a crazy experience, I get really low sometimes on tour. I feel like I sound so depressing all the time when I talk about it, but I get depressed on tour. I think it’s the responsibility and pressure that makes me struggle.”
During an interview with The Mirror Sam spoke about their relationship with their partner and how it made him feel about songwriting, “it’s weird bringing out an album and not being single because when I brought out In The Lonely Hour, I was so lonely. But now I’m singing songs about another guy, I’m quite happy.”
Ever the class act, even though their relationship is over Smith has nothing but good things to say about Flynn. Speaking highly of their former partner, Smith wistfully recalls “Brandon was wonderful. I’m still trying to figure out what I took from that relationship and what it meant to me. It’s still quite raw. All my relationships have ended in a nice way, never nasty.”
Shortly after Sam announced their sexuality to the world, they began dating model Jonathon Ziezel after meeting on the set of the Like I Can music video, confirming they were official via Instagram (because nothing matters until it is Instagram official).
Unfortunately, the flame burned hot and fast with the relationship ending only two months later as Sam confessed to an audience in Toronto that “this song is very special to me today, as I’ve actually had to do a very similar thing with someone I’ve been seeing,” before breaking into Good Thing.
On the heels of Sam’s split with Jonathan, paparazzi were aflutter after discovering that Same and Charlie had been spending time together in normal, non-glam locations like regular people. Spotted intermittently at quiet, small pubs and Sam’s apartment, the duo tried to keep their relationship quiet and out of the public eye.
How did this love affair kick-off? Twitter. Because of course, it did.
After a firestorm of flirtatious tweets from Charlie, Sam let him slide into their DM’s and that was all she wrote to get them started.
While they never went official, and Sam deftly never publicly commenting on it – Charlie did confirm at an awkward meeting at a festival that they had been seeing each other for six months.
A brief (maybe even one night) love affair of a still-unnamed fellow seen with Smith at a Kylie Minogue concert got people talking when some smooches were exchanged, but alas – this mysterious stranger disappeared as fast as he surfaced – almost instantly.
Ah, here’s the spice. While there is not anything particularly hot and bothering about the initial Sam x Tom relationship – the aftermath is juicy.
During an awards ceremony when Smith was awarded the Oscar for their song Writing on the Wall featured in Spectre – Smith noted that they were the first openly gay person to receive the award.
In swing’s Tom Daley’s fiancé, Dustin Lance Black, who quickly reminded Smith that he also, as an openly gay man, got an Oscar in 2009 – and threw in a warning for Smith to never text Tom again.
A relatively minor blip and fizzle of a star-studded relationship, after a few comments to the media about his relationship with Sam, Jay just sort of drifted out of their life without either formally confirming or denying the relationship.
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Another flash a falter – they were spotted briefly getting cozy at Coachella. And after some texting, nothing came of the hopeful relationship.
The Lonely Hour: Who is it about?
When Sam initially spoke about their sexuality and confirmed never having a boyfriend at the point of the release of their first album – and made a deliberate comment that their love to that point had been “unrequited” and more crushes than relationships – that leaves suspicion on Sam’s manager Elvin Smith.
When asked about whom the album was about – Sam only comments that he was “married and it was one-sided”. In an interview from 2015, they revealed that “The Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back. I think I’m over it now, but I was in a very dark place.”
While previously attributing The Lonely Hour to one of the ex’s around the time of its conception, there was an almost imperceptible nod to Elvin upon the acceptance of Sam’s Grammy during the thank-you speech.
Stay With Me: Who is it about?
Sam put a much more positive light on Stay With Me by commenting that it was a love letter to a future boyfriend. Awww.
So no – Sam Smith is not currently nor have they been married – but we are hopeful for their continued success in love and wish them a beautiful future with the partner who fulfills their needs.
While everyone is interested in who celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Ed Sheeran are married to – if Sam and their current (or future) love(s) choose to keep their status private? More power to them!