Sam Smith and Lady Gaga. (Courtesy)

Sam Smith has shared on one of their biggest musical inspirations, Lady Gaga, and how she helped them to be "proud of [their] queerness." 28-year-old Sam is openly gay and last year came out as gender non-binary, using the pronouns "they/them." And it was Gaga's epic rise to stardom that helped them process their "queerness" after they became "obsessed" with her.

In a new video for Vogue, Sam told: "Gaga is probably the reason why I actually came to terms with my gender. I was 15 when [Gaga's debut album] 'The Fame' came out and I was obsessed with Lady Gaga. She gave me complete permission to be myself and to be proud of my queerness. It was a form of expression, but it was also weirdly a form of protection."

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The video also seems Sam try on makeup, and discuss what it means to them. "It doesn't matter what gender you are, makeup is a form of expression, and it feels nice. For me, makeup just became more of a way to express my gender. Last year, when I changed my pronouns and really spoke out about my gender expression and my gender fluidity, I started falling in love with makeup all over again, “they remarked.

Sam Smith. (Courtesy)

Last year, Sam took to social media to come out as non-binary to fans. They wrote: "Today is a good day so here goes. I've decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM. After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out…"

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A pal of the singer said: "This is a decision Sam has thought long and hard about, including doing a lot of reading up on it. He knows that it will take some people longer than others to fully get it."

The friend added: "First the request is going out to mates and then it will be passed on to the music industry too. It's an exciting and groundbreaking time for him."