11 things you didn't know about Sam Smith

Get to know the latest act announced for the Abu Dhabi F1 weekend

Oscar winner Sam Smith is coming to Abu Dhabi.
The Writing’s On The Wall star becomes the third superstar to join a mega F1 weekend line-up, following in the footsteps of Guns N’ Roses and The Weeknd.
But how much do you actually know about Sam?

Here’s 11 things you might not have known about the British crooner.

1. He hates karaoke

No, we don’t know how anyone can hate karaoke either, but Sam Smith certainly does.
He told Buzzfeed in this interview he simply can’t bear it.
“I cannot stand it. If karaoke starts, I run out the room. I hate it, hate it, hate it.”
He also doesn’t like pizza.
We guess we won’t see him belting out Living On A Prayer in an Abu Dhabi karaoke bar with a slice of Mighty Meaty anytime soon then.
2. He used to be a toilet cleaner

Our Sam started from very humble beginnings before becoming one of the world’s most successful artists.
He worked in a bar two years before getting his big break, where his duties included scrubbing the loos.
Not quite as glamorous as getting suited and booted for Oscars ceremonies and performing at sell-out stadium tours.
3. He struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Sam has spoken in the past about battling OCD.
He told GQ magazine: “I had to film myself flicking off every plug and checking every tap.
“I had a fear if the house was going to flood or burn I would have proof I had nothing to do with it.”
4. He absolutely hates feet.


We’re actually with Sam on this one.
He hates feet.
He told Buzzfeed: “I just wish everyone had hooves.”

5. Theon Greyjoy is his third cousin.



Sam is a distant relative of Alfie Allen, better known as Theon Greyjoy from Game of Thrones.
It also means he’s related to Smile hitmaker Lily Allen, who maybe isn’t as widely known in the UAE as her brother.

6. His favourite TV show is Modern Family

There’s nothing Sam loves more than kicking back with the latest episode of smash hit American comedy Modern Family.
The show’s Sofia Vergara, who plays firecracker Gloria Prichett, is the highest paid television actress in the world with a reported paypacket of $41.5million per year.

7. He’ll do anything to indulge his love of music

Sam once was hit with detention in school after he skipped classes to go and see a Lady Gaga concert.
We know it’s not the most shocking of school crimes, but it still takes guts.
8. He believes in the supernatural


Sam ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
In fact, he is a firm believer of the supernatural.
He confirmed his beliefs to fans in a Twitter Q&A.
9. He had to battle stage fright in his fledgling years.
Despite having such an incredible voice, Sam was often afraid to perform when he was starting out.
He told Interview: “A few years ago I had a weird relationship with performing live.
“I didn't enjoy it as much because the nerves took over.”

10. His inspirations are all divas

Sam has confessed his biggest inspirations include Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
Talk about setting high standards!

11. He’s a big Harry Potter fan



Ok maybe this one isn’t a huge surprise as just about everyone in the world loves fictional wizard Harry Potter, right?
Well, Sam has read all the books and is a big fan of author JK Rowling.

He’s also really into the Twilight series too.

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