Sam Smith says his split from Brandon Flynn still feels ‘quite raw’

Too good at goodbyes? Sam Smith says his career has taken a toll on his love life — including his relationship with 13 Reasons Why actor Brandon Flynn, which ended in June after nine months.

“Brandon was wonderful,” Smith, 26, told The Times in a new interview. “I’m still trying to figure out what I took from that relationship and what it meant to me. It’s still quite raw. All my relationships have ended in a nice way, never nasty.”

The four-time Grammy winner didn’t divulge the reasons for the split, but he did say his superstardom makes dating a challenge. (Prior to his relationship with Flynn, Smith dated model and dancer Jonathan Ziezel.)

“My life from the outside can seem glamorous, but the reality is that I am on tour every other year and I’m never home, and it’s public,” the pop star told the newspaper.

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A few of my favorite things from 2017, as shit as some of it was can't help but see all the good! Hoping 2018 is full of ups and downs as well... saw Call Me By Your Name today and couldn't help myself... "In your place, if there is pain, nurse it, and if there is a flame, don’t snuff it out, don’t be brutal with it. Withdrawal can be a terrible thing when it keeps us awake at night, and watching others forget us sooner than we’d want to be forgotten is no better. We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of 30 and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything—what a waste!”
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Sam Smith, Camila Cabello, Brandon Flynn; Sofi Cabello, Lorde and Janelle Monae attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Sam Smith attends The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jamy / Barcroft Images PHOTOGRAPH BY Jamy / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Actor Brandon Flynn with the GRAMMY Charities Signings during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Sam Smith, Camila Cabello, Brandon Flynn; Sofi Cabello, Lorde and Janelle Monae attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Singer Sam Smith attends the red carpet arrivals for the 'Raise Your Voice' concert honoring Julie Andrews at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on March 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Actor Brandon Flynn attends the Balmain Menswear Spring/Summer 2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images for Balmain)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY IN RELATION TO THE BRIT AWARDS 2018 *** Sam Smith performs on stage at The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Sam Smith arrives at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Brandon Flynn attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 29: Sam Smith performs during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Monday, January 29, 2018 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Brandon Flynn attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 23: Brandon Flynn attends the Cerruti Menswear Spring/Summer 2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 23, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
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That said, Smith is still a hopeless romantic. “I love sending flowers, leaving notes around the house and making thoughtful presents,” he revealed. “I feel like I’m in a Richard Curtis film all the time, which is bad because I think everything should be like a movie and I get anxiety when it’s not.”

And though the “Promises” singer asserted that “seeing gay relationships [in a public way] is important and refreshing,” he’s not ready for another boyfriend just yet.

“Right now, the thought of getting into a relationship is too much,” he said. “I just want to marry my job, work really hard and hopefully, when I’m not looking for [love], it will come.”

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