Quickly-rising British soul singer Sam Smith is opening up. As the world falls in love with his honest singles like "Leave Your Lover" and "Stay With Me," the 22-year-old—who some are calling a male Adele—is revealing the inspiration behind his debut album In the Lonely Hour.
Despite poignant lyrics and moving delivery on his heartbreaking tracks, Smith says he's never been in a relationship, with his upcoming LP inspired by unreciprocated affection. "In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn't love me back," Smith revealed in a cover story for Fader magazine. "I've never been in a relationship before. I've only been in unrequited relationships where people haven't loved me back. I guess I'm a little bit attracted to that, in a bad way."
The reveal comes less than a week after Smith's touching "Leave Your Lover" video seemed to vaguely confirm the singer was, in fact, pleading to a man in the chorus' lyrics, "Leave your lover, leave him for me."
Smith said that singing about the relationship—and telling the unknown dude the album is album is about him—has been therapeutic, helping him move on to more meaningful relations. "It was good as a form of closure," he added. "To get it off my chest and tell him, I feel better for it. I feel almost like I signed off this part of my life where I keep giving myself to guys who are never going to love me back...It feels good to have interviews like this, to chat about it and put stuff to bed. It’s all there now, and I can move on and hopefully find a guy who can love me the way I love him."