British singer Sam Smith’s father helped his son achieve his dreams of stardom by serving as his personal trainer and helping him lose weight as a teen.
The Stay With Me hitmaker’s dad, Fred, was a big supporter of his son’s goal of becoming a famous singer, but he knew Smith would have to shed the pounds if he wanted to look the part. Smith tells Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper his dad even earned his personal trainer’s certificate to go about the job in a professional manner.
He reveals, “I was a really fat kid and he got into personal training to help me. He (his dad) has always loved fitness and said, ‘I think you should be fit when you’re 12. So he made me run. “He told me not to do weights just do cardiovascular. Chocolate, fizzy drinks… all went out the house. My sisters hated me for a while for that but Dad got me well on track.”