Sam Smith is heading to Australia during the holidays to avoid family squabbles lol:
Sam Smith heading to Australia to avoid his annual festive family arguments
Dec 22, 2014 22:43
By Ashleigh Rainbird
Tis the season to be jolly? Maybe but Sam Smith is fed up with the tearful, festive family rows.
So this year he will have his turkey and chipolatas, and say: “Stuff this – I’m sprout of here.”
The 22-year-old singer, who has had a hectic year selling a million copies of his album In The Lonely Hour both here and in the US, is off to Australia to dodge the annual squabbles with his parents and sisters.
He tells us: “I have argued with my family every New Year’s Eve for 10 years.
“So I’m going to travel to the other side of the world and strap myself to a tree so I can’t argue with anyone.
"It’s not huge arguments, but when all my family drink a bit and you’ve been together for 10 days over Christmas, at the end you all start arguing. It’s just like any family.”
Sam, who is up for six Grammy awards, is incredibly close to parents Katie and Frederick. And he reveals that a heartwarming song he wrote about their divorce reduced the whole family to tears.
He says: “It’s a song about my mum and dad splitting up. I played it to all my family and they have been in tears every time they listen to it.
“My parents split up when I was 18. I had the most amazing experience of divorce. They are still best friends, it wasn’t really sad.
“The whole concept through the time they split up was, ‘If you are happy, I am happy’.
“We are happier now they are apart because they are happier, whereas before they weren’t in love with each other.”
The family gave Sam their blessing to use the sensitive subject matter in his work.
He says: “The song is about how far we have come. It is quite an intense song, so I had to ring them up and ask them if it was OK to play it to my management. It is very personal.
“They were amazing about it. It’s a song I can’t wait for people to hear. I really think a lot of people are going to relate to it.”
Sam’s hoping the new track will make it to his second album, which, sadly, he knows will not be released next year as he is touring until September.
Given the track about his parents, he quips: “It’s more depressing than the first record.”
In that case, we will just want to play it again and again and again, Sam.
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