Sam Smith: 'Fat' comments hurt more than anti-gay ones

Apr 19, 2015 at 5:50 p.m. ET
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For Sam Smith, there's a heartbreaking reason why being called fat hurts more than just about any other insult.

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The Grammy winner opened up about his recent weight loss on the Australian 60 Minutes on Sunday, where he said food has "controlled" him for much of his life.

"When I was at school and wasn't having a great time or when music wasn't going very well, I would eat, eat," said Smith, who recently took to Instagram to show off an incredible 14-pound loss in 14 days. "Eating would make me feel better; when I felt lonely I would eat."

In March, when Smith wrote about his weight loss, he credited nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, author of Eat. Nourish. Glow., with his success.

"Three weeks ago I met a woman who has completely changed my life," Smith wrote. "Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone in 2 weeks and has completely transformed my relationship with food. Everyone go check out her incredible book, and start to live healthy. It’s not even about weight loss it’s about feeling happy in yourself. Love you Amelia & thank you for making me feel so happy inside and out @ameliafreer #eatnourishglow."

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And Smith went on to say his lifelong struggle means being called fat is more hurtful to him than even anti-gay slurs.

"If someone called me fat, that affects me way more than someone calling me a f*****," said the crooner. "I think just because I've accepted that, if someone calls me a f*****, it's like, I am gay and I'm proud to be gay so there's no issues there."

Smith said that "fat" comments are more impactful because "that's something [he] can change."

It's heartbreaking to see anyone affected so much by insults about his or her physical appearance, but for Sam Smith, who's worked so hard and has clearly become healthier in recent months, it's even harder to see.

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What do you think? Is Sam Smith right to let "fat" comments get to him so much? Do you agree with his reason for saying they're more hurtful? Head down to the comments and tell us your view.