Sam Smith: I crave the feeling of being on stage

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Struggles: Sam Smith found adjusting to fame difficult: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Sam Smith has spoken about his conflicted view of fame as he makes his chart return after 18 months away.

The singer won four Grammys, three Brits, an Oscar and a Golden Globe after bursting on to the scene in 2014 with In The Lonely Hour, which sold 12 million copies.

Smith, 25, addressed his fame in an interview with Italian Vogue: “I think it will be the bane of my life if this all carries on.

“But I don’t read reviews; I’m just staying away from the negative side of stuff.”

He added: “I think all people who want to perform in front of thousands are super-insecure — and I crave that feeling … When it’s about the music, I’m fully in there and I love the fame.”

He released Too Good At Goodbyes, the first song from his second album The Thrill Of It All, last month.

He said: “Releasing the first single from my second album after In The Lonely Hour is a tough thing to do. That album did f***ing well! That scared me!”

Cover star: Sam Smith on Italian Vogue (Cole Sprouse/ UOMO Vogue)

The full interview is available in Italian Vogue, out today.