Sam Smith recalls lockdown struggles after 'meltdown' photo

Sam Smith has explained how constantly travelling and barely spending any time at home contributed to their lockdown struggles earlier this year. 

The Dancing With a Stranger singer said they were having a ‘meltdown’ in March after the UK descended into its first lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. 

It sparked backlash with many accusing Sam of complaining despite them being more privileged than most. 

However being at home for a lengthy period was a huge adjustment for the pop star, who has spent almost a decade performing around the world on tour. 

‘Yeah, I found it hard, I’ve been travelling for eight years and I hadn’t been in my house for more than three weeks in eight years,’ Sam said during their appearance on The One Show last night. 

They explained: ‘I was living with my sister, and I’m still going to be with her in the next four weeks, and she helped me out and we buckled down and did fun stuff. But it’s a weird time.’ 

Sam, 28, went on to reveal how they became increasingly anxious towards the end of 2019 as they’re often uncomfortable performing in front of so many people on-stage. 

‘So it’s been good for me to have a break,’ they stated. 

The Stay With Me hitmaker released their long-awaited album, Love Goes, last week and admitted it’s been a ‘very weird’ experience releasing an album during a pandemic but added: ‘It’s been wonderful all the same.’ 

At the beginning of the pandemic, Sam shared an Instagram photo of themselves going through the ‘stages of a quarantine meltdown’. 

Following immense criticism, the singer later clarified their statement on Heart Breakfast and said: ‘It wasn’t [a meltdown]. 

‘It was more – it was six weeks ago I posted a picture and everyone else was posting pictures, it was probably bad timing of me, but I use my social media as if it’s just my friends on it.’ 

The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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