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Sam Smith reveals advice they got from "angel" Robyn

08 November 2022, 11:13 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Sam Smith has told Zane Lowe about some wise words that Robyn once told them years ago, saying she was "an angel coming and just giving me some really beautiful advice".

In a new interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music 1, Sam Smith spoke about meeting Robyn, and the wise words she gave to them, which have stuck with them for years.

"I always reference Robyn," Smith said. "I think Robyn's amazing. Robyn just takes her time. And she said that to me once. I don't know if she'd ever remember, but she met me when I was 20 years old and I was sitting in Germany in a canteen… and she came and sat down next to me and she just said to me, "Take your time." And then she left. It was an angel coming and just giving me some really beautiful advice. But I remember at the time being like, "I'm not going to take my time. I haven't got the time. I need to bring out music." And I've only just realised what she meant. So wise, so wise."

Smith also spoke about how their team were confused about their chart-topping "Unholy" single with Kim Petras, saying, "I sent "Unholy" to my team, and everyone was like, "What is this?" They were confused. They were like, "What is the brand? What are you trying to do here?" This is not ‘Stay With Me’. This is not this, this is not that. Everyone's trying to make sense of it. Well, I said, "I'm the brand.” That's what I said. I'm the brand. And I, just like my gender really, I'm everything. I can be anything. I can sing anything I want to. And I want to lean into that with my genres."

Sam Smith's fourth album Gloria will arrive on 27 January 2023, and is available to pre-order now.

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