Calum Scott’s newest song is a very personal one about his coming out experience
British singer and songwriter, Calum Scott, who initially found fame on Britain’s Got Talent, just released a music video for his new song, “No Matter What,” and it’s a beautiful tribute to the love his parents showed when he came out to them.
“‘No Matter What’ is without question the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of,” Scott told Towleroad in an interview.” It’s a song born from loneliness, acceptance and the heartbreaking but liberating tale of my coming out experience.”
When I was a young boy I was scared of growing up
I didn’t understand it but I was terrified of love
Felt like I had to choose but it was outta my control
I needed to be saved, I was going crazy on my own
It took me years to tell my mother, I expected the worst
I gathered all the courage in the world
Well. Now that we’re all a puddle of tears.
Scott, who came out publicly several years ago, said his new-found fame has made his personal life a bit hard at times. “The press obviously want to know your personal life, your romantic life, so it made it a little bit more difficult. It felt like a magnifying glass,” he told Billboard. “I’d always been a little bit uncomfortable talking about my sexuality just because it took me a while to fully accept it, I had a bit of a traumatic time with my friends when I was younger and it kind of just put me off talking about it. I was thinking if I talk about it I’m going to lose friends, lose people’s interest.”
“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,” Scott continued. “This song didn’t make my debut album because I simply wasn’t ready at that time to give it to the world. 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 lyrics are a wonderful tribute to his parent’s love and acceptance, saying in part, “She said, ‘I love you no matter what I just want you to be happy and always be who you are.’ She wrapped her arms around me, said, ‘Don’t try to be what you’re not.'”