Sam Smith is planning to take a break from the spotlight. The British singer and songwriter made the revelation during an interview with Entertainment Tonight backstage at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday. Smith, who was one of the performers in CBS Radio’s "We Can Survive" concert, shared that his decision to take a break "feels right."
"I am sad, but also it feels right," he said. "It's my last performance in America, and it feels right to do it in such a beautiful setting."
Smith went on to explain that he has been working non-stop for three years now. The “Stay With Me” crooner shared that it’s time for him to gain new inspiration after the release of his hit debut album, “In the Lonely Hour.” The album gained him four Grammy Awards this year, including the Best New Artist award.
He said, "I've been going now for three years nonstop and it feels right for me to just go home and just live my life and be a 23-year-old. My love life, the downs and ups, it never stops, so I'm always inspired by stuff like that, but it'd be good to spend some time dating."
Before Smith goes on his break, the musician is expected to appear in the 2016 Golden Globes and Academy Awards, given the nomination he received for his "Spectre" theme song. The track is the theme song of Daniel Craig’s latest James Bond movie. During Smith’s Entertainment Tonight interview, he shared that it has been his dream to write a Bond song. The "Lay Me Down" singer even described the experience as an "absolute whirlwind" and said that he never imagined that the opportunity to write one "would happen this quickly."
Meanwhile, Smith recently told NME magazine that he wanted to become a spokesperson for the gay community. Teh singer recounted how he first came out as a gay man when he was just 10 years old. He added, "There’s nothing in my life that I’m prouder of… I want to be a spokesperson. I want to be a figure in the gay community, who speaks for gay men."
Smith continued that he’s hoping his presence in the music will inspire other gay men. He explained, "I sell records in countries where gay men get killed and that’s a big thing for me, because maybe one person in that country will pick up my album, realise it’s by a gay artist, and it might change their opinion."