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Sam Smith Has Divided People With His "I'm Straight" April Fools' Tweet

It's not the first time he's caused controversy with his comments about sexuality.

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Sam Smith decided to take to Twitter on Wednesday to reveal that he is straight.

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Guys I have some news... I'm straight

He quickly followed this tweet with a confession that it was in fact, an April Fools' joke.

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While some fans thought it was crying-face-emoji levels of funny...

β€œ@samsmithworld: Guys I have some news... I'm straightβ€πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

β€œ@samsmithworld: Guys I have some news... I'm straightβ€πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

β€œ@samsmithworld: Guys I have some news... I'm straight” BEST ONE YET

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@samsmithworld πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ can't contain myself

β€œ@samsmithworld: Guys I have some news... I'm straight” this got me real good oh god πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜‚

Others called him out on it, suggesting that it's damaging to the LGBT community to joke about sexuality.

@samsmithworld YOU THINK SEXUALITY IS A FUCKING JOKE? PEOPLE STRUGGLE WITH IT EVERY SINGLE FUCKING DAY HOW DARE YOU MAKE A JOKE OF IT. ASS!

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β€œ@samsmithworld: Guys I have some news... I'm straight” this is the worst april fools joke u could've done

THIS IS WHY GAYS DONT HAVE RIGHTS RT @samsmithworld: Guys I have some news... I'm straight

β€œ@samsmithworld: Guys I have some news... I'm straight” The most unimaginative and flat April fools joke

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Sam has in the past been praised after speaking so openly about the abuse he's faced as a result of his sexuality.

Speaking to The Sun, Sam said:

A bunch of boys from a rival school would shout insults at me as I walked from my home to the train station. I remember walking to the station getting "f*****" shouted at me all the time. It was the most mortifying thing. Not so much for me. I knew these people were stupid, uneducated twats.

He continued:

When I was 17 I decided to go gay clubbing in Soho in London. I remember walking in and this gay guy turned to his mate and said something really nasty about me. My whole world just crashed and I had a really lonely feeling. When I moved to London I got punched in the neck walking back from work. It was definitely homophobic. I was on the phone speaking quite loudly and had pink headphones on, so it was pretty clear I was gay.

However, he has also been criticised too, particularly after saying he didn't want to be the spokesperson for the gay community.

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Speaking to Digital Spy, he said:

It's because I'm not trying to be a spokesperson. It sounds awful of me, but I'm really just trying to live my life and write music about it. That's what I do. I'm not trying to heal the world. From a young age I've always been like this, so it's been normal. My family and friends have made it feel normal and I'm not going to stop that now.

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He went on to say that he believes sexuality is a "non-issue," which was analysed as well.

Speaking to Fader, he said:

I've been treated as normal as anyone in my life; I've had no issues. I do know that some people have issues in life, but I haven't, and it's as normal as my right arm. I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue.

He was also criticised for suggesting LGBT people shouldn't "make their sexuality an issue," which many took to diminish the campaigns and efforts made so far for equal rights.

He said:

Don't make [your sexuality] an issue. If other's around you are making an issue, I understand. Fight for your rights, of course. But ... let's make it a normality. To make it equal, we kind of need to act equal.

Maybe next year he'll tweet something slightly less ~controversial~ for April Fools'.