Since Sam Smith’s debut album In the Lonely Hour dropped last May, the VH1 You Oughta Know alum has taken over the music industry, bringing home four Grammys at this year’s ceremony. We all know he can sing, but do you know he’s…double-jointed?! Today we celebrate the man and his spectacular voice with these 15 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the Sam Smith. Enjoy!
He dreams of becoming a florist and moving to Italy
Don’t take that voice away from us!
He is is Lily Allen’s third cousin.
By default, he’s also related to Lily’s brother Alfie, who works on a little show called Game of Thrones.
He used to scrub toilets for work.Getty Images
Smith used to work in a bar scrubbing toilets, telling NPR, “I remind myself of that every day, at the moment, because I don’t want to take anything for granted.”
He actually liked the Lost series finale.Getty Images
“I loved it, loved it. True Lost fans like it,” Smith told Rolling Stone.
He’s BFFs with RihannaGetty Images
“I f-cking love Rihanna,” Smith also told Rolling Stone. “She came to my show in L.A. She speaks to me all the time. For someone that famous, she’s really real. Love her.” Check out this adorable photo of them at this year’s Grammy Awards.
He got his Mom fired.
Allegedly! Apparently Sam’s mother was let go from her high-paying job at a major UK bank because she was spending too much of her time and energy working on her son’s singing career. As if being a supportive mom’s a bad thing…?
He has OCD.
I have really bad OCD at the moment
— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) April 7, 2014
And he’s very open about about his struggles, which include repeatedly checking sink faucets to ensure his house doesn’t flood. “I have really tough days,” he tells People. “But I’m trying to get over it and really enjoy myself and live in the moment a bit more and make memories that can last forever.”
He is a Beyonce superfan.
He really had never been in a relationship before.
That whole lonely thing wasn’t an act. Prior to superstardom, his love-live was almost non existent. Apparently he kept falling for people who didn’t like him back (frown face).
He’s double-jointed.Getty Images
The “Lay Me Down” singer told Us Weekly he has double-jointed index fingers. Is that how he was able to hold all those Grammys?
He thinks ghosts are real.Getty Images
Another interesting tidbit he dished to Us Weekly. Spooky. The above concert fog is actually Casper.
His favorite TV show is Modern Family.Getty Images
And he adores Cam Tucker (Eric Stonestreet), as do we all.
He’s a classically trained jazz singer.
Sure, Sam’s super talented. But he also put in the werk, b-tch! The singer put in some hardcore jazz training since age 8, including time with vocal coach, Joanna Eden.
He’s more into female vocalists than male.Getty Images
“All I know is, female voices truly make me feel,” he told The Boston Globe. “Male voices just don’t hit that spot.” Madonna over Mick Jagger any day, we guess.