Sam Smith told James Corden how much they miss getting sweaty in clubs on Monday night (Nov. 9), reminiscing about pre-COVID days going out. They made it all better, though, with a spirited performance of “Diamonds” later in the show. Host James Corden was happy to see his old friend and asked Smith if the news of Joe Biden’s election as the next president of the United States has been received with the same joy in England as it has in America.
“Oh my God, look, for me and my circle of friends and family I’m just so overjoyed. It’s so nice to hear some good news coming out of America for a change,” said Smith, who was enjoying the footage of ecstatic Americans dancing in the streets over the weekend when the news broke that Biden had defeated one-term President Donald Trump decisively to end the most contentious election in the nation’s history.
It isn’t all good news, though. Smith said that they “really miss sweaty bodies” during the COVID-19 lockdown. “I’ve only realized recently that clubbing for me is like a genuine hobby of mine, it’s how I get my exercise, it’s what I love to do,” said Smith. That said, it’s been nice to have a break from going out and just be home for a bit to relax. The two then bro’d down on the best post-club noshes, from kebabs to a delicious, greasy Filet O’ Fish.
Corden also noted that since Smith was last on the show they’ve come out as non-binary, so he asked what impact it’s had on Smith’s creative and personal life. “All in all it’s been wonderful,” they said. “I’ve always felt the way I’ve felt. And being able to tell everyone that and feel so much more open about certain parts of my personality and life has been absolutely incredible.”
There have been some struggles, of course — including the leak of a letter they wrote to their family announcing the intention to change their pronouns — including the backlash from people who are unsupportive of gender non-conforming and trans people. “It’s definitely more of a struggle than I was expecting, but I feel good in my skin, which is the prize and the wonderful thing,” they said.
Sam wasn’t just on hand to talk about the good old days, they also took the stage for a sparkling performance of the slow-burn disco anthem “Diamonds” from their third studio album, Love Goes, backed by a full band with three back-up singers and flashing lights. With a table holding a flower arrangement and a steaming cup of tea to their side, Smith brought back those sweaty club days for just a few minutes.
Watch Smith on the Late Late Show below.