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Sam Smith felt 'controlled' by food

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Sam Smith felt 'controlled' by food

Sam Smith felt "controlled" by food.

The 22-year-old singer - who recently dropped over 42 pounds - has confessed to using food as a coping mechanism in the past and would often comfort eat when he felt stressed and anxious which caused him to pile on the pounds.

Speaking about his weight loss during an interview on Australian TV show 'A Current Affair', he explained: "'From a young age food has controlled me.

"When I was at school and wasn't having a great time or when music wasn't going very well. I would eat, eat... eating would make me feel better, when I felt lonely I would eat."

The openly gay star was prompted to lose weight after seeing photos of himself shirtless during a beach holiday in January and while he admits he has received verbal abuse over both his physique and sexuality in the past, Sam felt he could no longer ignore the jibes about his weight.

He explained: "If someone calls me a f***** it's like, 'I am gay and I'm proud to be gay', so there's no issues. But if someone calls you fat, that's something I want to change.

"That's something I can change so that affects me more."

The 'Like I Can' hitmaker is well on his way to reaching his ideal weight and has been posting progress of his journey on Instagram.

The Grammy Award winner took to the picture sharing site this week, where he admitted he was "happier than ever" and only has four more pounds to go before achieving his goal.

Captioning a photograph of himself and showing off his slimmer frame, he wrote: "4 pounds away from my goal weight and feel happier and healthier than ever #eatnourishglow (sic)"