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Sam Smith posts shirtless photo on Instagram, opens up about struggling to love his body

Ruven AfanadorIn a vulnerable Instagram post, Sam Smith opens up about his body image insecurities and how he's learned to love himself.

The Grammy-award winning singer shared a shirtless photograph of himself on the beach Tuesday and wrote in the caption about his struggles to accept his body size. He addressed some of the dangerous lengths he's gone to while preparing for photo shoots in his career.

"In the past if I have ever done a photo shoot with so much as a t-shirt on, I have starved myself for weeks in advance and then picked and prodded at every picture and then normally taken the picture down," he wrote.

"Yesterday I decided to fight the f*** back," he continued. "Reclaim my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally."

"Some may take this as narcissistic and showing off but if you knew how much courage it took to do this and the body trauma I have experienced as a kid you wouldn’t think those things," he added.

Smith concluded, "I’ll always be at war with this bloody mirror but this shoot and this day was a step in the right f****** direction."

After receiving an outpouring of support from fans, he shared his reaction to the incredible response in his Instagram Story, writing, "All your comments and support after my post today has made me so emotional. Feeling so free for the first time in a long time."

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