Sam Smith felt ''brave'' when he came out as gay.

The 'I'm Not The Only One' hitmaker confessed he is happy he found the courage to open up about his sexuality before he released his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' as it helped his fans to understand him better.

He told Ellen Degeneres on her talk show last night (01.12.14): ''I came out at a very, very young age. I kind of just felt like I needed to mention it before I released the record so people knew what it was about. And it felt like a brave thing to do as well I wanted to do it before because if I did it afterwards people probably would have thought I was lying just to sell records.''

However, the 22-year-old singer admitted it ''didn't feel like coming out'' as he had already told his family at a young age.

He explained: ''It didn't feel like a coming out. I came out when I was like 4 years old. My mum said she knew when I was like three. So I didn't have to actually properly come out.''

The Brit Award-winner also revealed that he is ''still trying to figure everything out''.

He said: ''I'm 22 as well. I'm still trying to figure everything out.

''People say, he doesn't want to be a spokesperson for the gay community. I do, of course I do, but I want to be a spokesperson for everyone.''