Why Sam Smith Struggled Staying Put During Lockdown

Sam Smith
Alasdair McLellan

Sam Smith

Throughout 2020, people everywhere have experienced the struggle that comes with staying socially distanced and self-isolated. Now, British superstar Sam Smith is sharing how they coped with lockdown.

Appearing on BBC's The One Show, Smith opened up with their lockdown story, revealing that before COVID-19 shut the world down, they had hardly spent any time at home thanks to touring around the world. “I found it hard -- I've been traveling for eight years now, and I hadn't been in my house for more than three weeks for about eight years,” Smith explained.

So how did they finally find their rhythm in quarantine? Smith said that it was their sister who finally helped them bridge that gap. "I was living with my sister, and I am still going to be with her the next four weeks, and she helped me out and we buckled down and did fun stuff, which was good," they said.

Lockdown isn't the only place where Smith experiences severe anxiety -- the singer told hosts Angela Scanlon and Ronan Keating that toward the end of 2019, after coming out as non-binary and continuing their touring, they suddenly felt a lot of stress bubbling up. "'I get so anxious being in front of people on stage," they said. "I got so anxious towards the end of last year so it's been good for me to have a break."

Smith also discussed their new album Love Goes, getting confused for fellow English singer-songwriter John Newman, and much more. Check out the full interview here.

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