[I have] an amazing team, I’ve got my best friends… But I haven’t found that group of people that are just like me, going through exactly what I’m going through. And I think I’ve maybe come to terms with the fact that maybe I’m not going to find a group of people going trough what I’m going through, because maybe what I’m going through is really, really rare, you know?”
6. When you stare at him, he’s silently freaking out.
“I get really self-conscious about people staring at me. It sounds so weird. As a performer, as an artist, these should be the things that I’m used to. But that’s not the case,” Smith explains. “When people stare at me, I freak out. You know when everyone stares at you you’re like, ‘Oh, God’? It just feels really awkward. Especially when you’re on a plane, because my hair goes funny every time I’m on a plane.”
7. He’s a huge Lost fan – and actually liked the ending.
“I loved it, loved it. True Lost fans like it.”
8. He’s been really getting into The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
The day he kicked off his arena tour, Smith relaxed with two episodes of the Bravo series. His favorite cast member? “NeNe’s amazing. She’s great. Everyone loves her. She’s amazing.”
9. He has no time for pot.
“I can’t handle weed. I’m way too emotional. Last time I took it, I thought I had clamps in my mouth. [I was like] ‘No, no no!'”
10. He bought a French bulldog for $3,000, but had to give it back.
“I bought a dog and had to give it away two weeks later. I realized I just couldn’t handle it. That was the most lavish thing I did, which backfired. I got it and then I freaked out.”
“I want to be a pop star that isn’t really skinny, a pop star who doesn’t have a perfectly even face. I want to change what a pop star is.”
11. His mother, who was a trader for major brokerage firm Tullett Prebon, taught him to be ambitious and assertive.
“I think I’m a know-it-all. I get that from my mom, sometimes,” Smith admits. “My mom can be a bit of a know-it-all. She’d even say that, too. I can see it when I’m with my band and my team. I know how to be authoritative. Even if I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing, I pretend like I do. It’s all for show. That’s true for anyone, I think. You’ve gotta convince yourself that you know what you’re talking about sometimes.”
12. Smith recently called some pop stars “just awful,” but clarifies:
“I’ll say this to you candidly, and please publish this: The pop stars I’m talking about are not the pop stars anyone would expect. And I’m not talking about 20, 30 people. There’s probably a few people, her[I have] an d there, over the last two years, they’re not horrible, but they’re just not very kind and not very supportive to up-and-coming artists. That was it. It was only a few people.”