The real reason Sam Smith has been wearing an eye patch

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Sam Smith has been left with two nasty black eyes after undergoing surgery earlier this month.

The ‘Stay With Me’ singer has been using make-up to mask the bruises, but admits he has always secretly wanted to look like a tough guy with a black eye.

“I had to have an operation,” Smith told Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe. “I got a black eye, and I’ve always wanted a black eye.”

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The x4 Grammy-winning singer previously opened up about his eye infection on Instagram, telling fans he’d picked up painful styes on both eyes during a trip to New Zealand, and sharing a photo of himself wearing a patch.

He also documented the lead-up to the operation on Instagram, telling his followers: “So. I’m getting it operated on in 20 minutes. I’m f**king scared and also super hyped that I get to wear this pirate patch.”

The message was accompanied by a selfie featuring his extremely swollen eye.

He now reveals, “I got two styes in New Zealand … It was hay fever actually, that caused it.”

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Main Image: Lars Baron, Getty via Zimbio.