Sam Smith announces hiatus: 'It'd be good to spend time dating'

Sam Smith says he's taking a musical hiatus in order to give himself some much needed time to live as a normal 23-year-old - and focus on his love life. The Writing's On The Wall singer - who last week said in an interview that he "wants to be a figure in the gay community who speaks for gay men" - made the announcement to ET Online backstage after a show at LA's Hollywood Bowl over the weekend. https://instagram.com/p/9BG36pR2eR/ “I am sad, but I’m also — it feels right,” he said, adding that he was glad his “last performance in America” was “in such a beautiful setting.” “I’ve been playing now for three years nonstop,” Smith added. “And it feels right for me to just go home and live my life — just be a 23-year-old.” https://instagram.com/p/9Uq_T1R2Wl/ “I’ve been inspired the whole year — my love life, and the downs and ups have never stopped — so I’m always inspired by stuff like that,” he said about his much-anticipated follow up to multi-million selling debut album In The Lonely Hour. “I have been writing a little bit, and already I’ve found direction on what I want to say and how I want things to sound. But there’s a long ways to go.” For now though, he's got another priority in mind: “It’d be good to actually spend some time dating I think." More stories: Marc Jacobs responds to ‘wild, 10-person orgy’ reports in unapologetic style Outrage as British trans woman is sent to all-male prison