Hot new British singer Sam Smith has opened some eyes in his new video for "Leave Your Lover." Or, perhaps, he hasn't opened many at all as he never appeared to be one to hide his sexuality. Towards the end of the video, the "Stay With Me" singer provides a twist that had media outlets on Friday wondering if Smith's new video was his subtle way of coming out.
Smith is seen with two friends throughout the music video, one male and one female. All three friends are having a good time. They get dressed, split bottles of champagne and dance together. The closeness between the three is evident, but who is with who becomes the ambiguous part as Smith seems to have an emotional bond with both the female and male friend. According to fuse, the ending of the video seems to confirm something many fans of Smith has been curious about. But the U.K. singer may have purposely left it up to the interpretation of the viewer as it is a love triangle that could have many possibilities.
No matter what the intended interpretation is, "Leave Your Lover," is another tender love ballad that explores the consequences of love in any form. Its a heartbreaking song with lyrics that define just about every emotional outlet the heart breathes when its conflicted by love.
The 22-year-old singer is set to release his debut album In The Lonely Hour on May 26. In an interview with Digital Spy, he explained his motivation behind the album, which he describes as "a diary from a lonely 21-year-old." Is part of that loneliness related to the love he seems to be yearning for in his latest video?
In the interview he says:
It was my way of talking about the only real issue in my life. I don't have that many sad things going on in my life and it was the only thing that was really affecting me last year: I fell in love with someone who didn't love me back, and it made me get into this head space of, 'Will I find love? When will I find love? This album is my 'f**k off' to everyone and basically say, 'No, I have been in love and, if anything, it was much more painful than your version,' because I'm not getting what I want and it's so close."
Smith also says in the interview that he isn't afraid to say the things with his music that other artists may "veer away from." He doesn't care if his music may come off as depressing because sadness is a true element of life and often times is the honest heart that makes the best music. Whether or not Smith has had his coming out moment, he has accomplished one thing. He is making people think and connect with his music.