V’s "Discovery" issue typically features new art, fashion, faces and perspectives that are shaping today’s dynamic cultural landscape, with the magazine choosing the "Too Good at Goodbyes" singer because of his disarming honesty about his sexuality, sense of self and fame. “He’s exactly the voice of freedom we need right now,” the publication noted in a statement.
Interviewed by friend and long-time fan Sarah Jessica Parker, Smith opens up about his evolving sound and personal journey through love and loss while exploring his sexual identity. “In the past few years, I became a gay man properly,” the 25-year-old said. “When I wrote that first album, I was in love with a straight man; he didn’t love me back, and I was very comfortable in my longing. With this record, I became a gay man.”