Get the tissues ready! British singer and songwriter Calum Scott, who’s just toured South Africa, has released a heartrending video about coming out and family acceptance.
Directed by Ozzie Pullin, the video for No Matter What depicts a gay man from childhood to adulthood and how he and his parents deal with his sexuality.
Scott revealed that the powerful track is “without question the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of.”
He said: “It’s a song born from loneliness, acceptance and the heartbreaking but liberating tale of my coming out experience. What I love about this song is that it isn’t just limited to a story of sexual identity, but about the relationship between parent and child and acceptance as a whole.”
No Matter What will be included in the Special Edition of his album Only Human, set to be released later this month.
“This song didn’t make my debut album because I simply wasn’t ready at that time to give it to the world,” explained Scott. “It felt too personal to share, but as with all of my songwriting, I’ve written this from the heart to try and inspire confidence and compassion in people and put some love back in to the world, which we could always use more of.”
The platinum selling artist shot to global stardom after his appearance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015. His first single, a cover of Robyn’s Dancing On My Own, became a huge hit all over the world.
Scott came out as gay in 2016. Speaking to Billboard a year later, he said: “I’ve never been happier in my life. I’m loving what I’m doing with my music, I’m loving where I’m at personally, I’m very happy with who I am, I’m very happy with my sexuality.”
Taking to Instagram after wrapping up his South African tour on Sunday, Scott wrote: “I had never been to SA before this tour but now, I cannot WAIT to come back!!! Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg.. you were all incredible. I love you all.”