Just few days after he was accused of secretly texting the partner of a gay movie director and writer, Sam Smith has announced he’s leaving social media temporarily.
The ‘Stay With Me’ singer says he’s taking a break from the social media life after being widely mocked following his Oscars acceptance speech on Sunday night [February 28]. Smith took home the awards for Best Song for the James Bond film, ‘Spectre’.
Smith faced serious backlash after suggesting that he might be the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. “I read an article … bySir Ian McKellen and he said no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar,” Smith said at the time. Unfortunately, McKellen was talking specifically about the best actor award. Previous openly gay winners of academy awards include Elton John, Stephen Sondheim and director Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar in 2009 for his film ‘Milk’.
The latter criticized Smith on Twitter, saying: “If you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiance [Tom Daley].”
Smith responded to the furore, saying: “Second openly gay man to win an Oscar or third or fourth or 100th, it wasn’t my point. My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who I love so dearly.”
He also later apologized to Black and has decided to take a break from social media, writing: “I’m logging off for a while. Some martinis shaken not stirred are definitely in order.”