Sam Smith opens up about past struggles with body image: “I have found myself starved for weeks’

Sam Smith opened up about his past struggles with body image in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
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Sam Smith is candid about his past struggles with one’s own body.

The 26-year-old singer took to Instagram on Tuesday, sharing a shirtless photo of himself on the beach with a powerful caption about having “courage.”

“In the past, if I’ve ever done a photo shoot with a T-shirt on, I have found myself starved for weeks in advance and then picked and poked at each picture and then normal [] taken the image down,” he began. “Yesterday, I decided to fight the f–k back. Reclaim my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and curves that my mom and dad made and love so unconditionally.”

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‘Some people take this as narcissistic and showing off but if you knew how much courage it took to do this and the body trauma I experienced as a child, you wouldn’t think those things,” he continued, thanking the photographer. “Thank you for helping me celebrate my body AS IS @ryanpfluger I’ve never felt safer than I have with you. I will always be at war with this bloody mirror, but this shoot and this day was a step in the right f–king direction.”

Last January, Smith went with Sarah Jessica Parker for a feature published in V Magazine, where he began his dramatic slim-down.

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“When I was shooting my first music video, I was not happy with the way I looked, so I tried to determine how the camera moved. I got a little bit obsessive, ” he confessed. “I was constantly looking in the mirror, squeezing my waist, with a weight of myself each day. Now I have a place where I really love my stretch marks and I enjoy my body.”

“My job is very easy: I must listen to my voice every day, I make decisions about which tour posters or album covers, I look at my face while sitting in the makeup chair. I get kind of sick of myself, so I rely on my team,” he added.

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“But my body is always a problem. I must constantly train myself to look for the right kind of movies is not look at some ads and think that is how my stomach must look. It is something that I fight every day. I think men should talk about it more.”

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