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Sam Smith almost gave up on his new album when a failed romance left him almost inconsolable.

In a recent interview with Attitude magazine, the “Stay With Me” singer revealed a conversation with Elton John helped him reconsider his career and finish the new album.

“There was a period, when making the record, that I was in a really bad place.  I got dumped, which wasn’t very nice. Writing music about that kind of thing is normally like therapy for me, but when I got dumped this time round I just couldn’t write for about two months.”

He said that his team and friends had to force him to get back into the studio because he really didn’t feel like being a musician anymore.

Sam also said his friendship with Ed Sheeran also helped him to get back on track.  “It makes you push yourself.  He said watching Ed’s success this year has made him hungry for some success of his own.

Elton suggests Sam and Ed’s friendship is similar to the relationship he has always had with Rod Stewart.

“Rod and I were competitive with each other, and that’s healthy because it drives you, but we loved and supported each other, too.

The Rocket Man continued, “I think perhaps you and Ed Sheeran are the same way. You do both love each other, both admire each other and are going through the same thing as each other, at the same age… You’re the new Rod and me!”

At last, the wait is over.   Here’s the Sam’s first single in over 2 years, “Too Good At Goodbyes.”  Check it out now:

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