Sam Smith and Rihanna attend The 57th-Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center. (Photo: WireImage)
Sam Smith is a fan of Rihanna’s music, but also a fan of how she lives her life as a famous person.
This is according to Sam Smith — whose new album, “The Thrill of It All,” debuted at No. 1 this week — when he discussed Rihanna, recording bad songs, his goal to cut down smoking and drinking in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press.
(Photo caption: In this November 2, 2017 photo, musician Sam Smith poses for a portrait in New York to promote his latest album, “The Thrill of It All.” (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
“She inspires me a lot because I think she’s just unapologetically herself and that’s something that I’m trying to do. I want to be a role model, but I don’t want to be a perfect role model. Like, I go and have mad nights out, just like she would. And, like, I’m completely human, I’m going to make mistakes, and I say the wrong thing, and I’m quite dumb sometimes and say random (expletive) I shouldn’t say,” he said.
“I think we need (people like Rihanna) more because no one’s a robot,” he added.
BATCH OF BAD SONGS
When recording his new album, Smith said some of the songs were too deep, and too bad, to be released to the world.
“I won’t ever listen to them again,” he said of those songs. “There’s one song called ‘Only for the Cameras.’ I’ve never said that. ...It was really deep but I, no.”
“They’re a bit too self-indulgent and just too much like, ‘Come on. Get ahold of yourself,’” he added. “Even I was listening to them like, ‘Pull your (expletive) together, Sam.’”
MORE SLEEP, LESS DRINKS
Smith just released his second album, but he says he’s excited to record his third project because “vocally I will be clean when I record it.”
“I was smoking a lot and I was drinking a lot when I was recording this album, which I think maybe adds to the subject matter and how intense some of the lyrics are, but it’s not good for you,” he said. “And I shouldn’t have done it because it’s just, it’s silly. But I didn’t damage my throat or anything.”
Smith underwent surgery to stop recurrent vocal cord bleeding in 2015.
“I’m really hard on myself, when I say drinking too much, I’m not like, I’m not going overboard, but it’s after my operation I should have been more careful because I know better,” he said. “I was just being young.”
He plans to slow things down when he hits the road for shows: “I won’t be drinking. I am going to bed very early.”
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