Sam Smith Shares the One Upside of His Body Image Issues

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Sam Smith performs live on stage during the second day of the Lollapalooza Berlin music festival at Tempelhof Airport on Sept. 13, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Sam Smith's immense success has brought him to music's A-list -- but according to him, he's still plagued by the same anxieties that he struggled with when he started his career. For him, though, that's somewhat of a good thing.

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"I’m a vulnerable, sensitive person," Smith tells NME in a new cover story. "I overthink everything. I’m insanely self-conscious about my body, about my music, about everything in my life, and that self-consciousness is what’s keeping my feet on the ground at the moment.

"If I didn’t have it, I’d become a bit of a prick," he concluded. "I’m thankful for my sadness.” 

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Smith spoke more about his insecurities later in the interview, describing how even after his significant weight loss, he's not necessarily confident. "I still feel pressured to look a certain way," he told the U.K. magazine. "For women, the pressure in this industry is horrendous and it’s got to stop. But it’s the same for guys, even though they won’t speak about it. I want to be a voice for that: just because I’ve lost weight doesn’t mean that I’m happy and content with my body. Because of the media, and because of what I feel I should look like, it’s always going to be a battle in my head."

Read more from the cover story at NME.