British pop singer Sam Smith has revealed in an interview that he has given up the consumption of alcohol after battling anxiety for months.
Speaking with The Sun, the 25-year-old who is currently on tour in promotion of his second studio album, “The Thrill of It All,” says he really struggles with anxiety.
“I get massive anxiety. I really struggle. I was so nervous at the Grammys this year. I thought I would be more in control of my body and emotions but I get so nervous, to the point I’m almost having panic attacks.”
Smith adds, “Sometimes I need people who I love around me to tell me, ‘Pull yourself together, you’re being a drama queen – it’s too much now, Sam, so rein it in.’”
Smith who explained that his anxiety became a more of a problem in December 2017 however, he has since taken up meditation and given up alcohol.
“My anxiety levels and mental health went through a shaky period at Christmas,” Smith says. “But I’ve started meditating now, I am not drinking, I am trying to look after my mental health.”
Smith who says that he often found himself drinking more than he would usually following his recent success, explains that he has since realised how staying sober is, in fact, better for his mental health.
“I was going out drinking way too much. Of course, you want to celebrate that these amazing things have happened but you can’t celebrate all the time.”
“I’ve been completely off the booze for three weeks now. I never want to make promises but being sober is something I’m interested in. When I don’t drink and I’m not smoking cigarettes, when I’m completely clean, I feel so focused and happy.”
Smith says not drinking has improved his life so much that he thinks he will stay sober for the rest of the year, “I don’t see myself drinking for the rest of the year because of the tour. I am more fun when off the booze … it’s nice. I am enjoying it now and we will see how it goes.”