Ever since coming out as gender non-binary and changing their pronouns to "they/them" back in September, pop superstar Sam Smith has been occasionally misgendered online, often by accident. Now, the star is letting their audience know that it's OK to trip up -- as long as you try to correct yourself.
Smith sat down with Australian news show The Project on Friday to chat about their performance at Sydney's 2020 Mardi Gras and their public coming-out as non-binary. At one point, interviewer Carrie Bickmore admitted that, on her way to the interview, she was "tripping up" and had to constantly remind herself to call Smith by their correct pronouns. "I was like, 'No, that's what you [Smith] want,'" she said.
In turn, Smith admitted that they occasionally slip up on their own pronouns as well, highlighting the fact that in a heteronormative society, it can be difficult to adjust to new pronouns like they and them. "I'll trip up too," Smith said. "Of course I do, I'm a human being. I've been called 'he' and 'him' since the day I was born, 27 years of my life, so I can understand!"