Yungblud has said he still fears his gigs will be empty when he walks out on to stage - admitting he feels “insecure” about his level of fame.
The Brit Award-nominated singer, 24, who has almost four million followers on Instagram, said just before he goes on stage, he asks staff if the venue is full - even if his show is sold out months in advance.
The star, whose real name is Dominic Harrison, told the Standard: “Everynight before I go on stage, I ask people - is it good, is it alright out there? And they are like: ‘Dom this has been sold out for months.’ I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I do get insecure about whether my shows will be full.”
Yungblud has an army of dedicated fans - who refer to themselves as The Black Hearts Club as many have had copycat black heart tattoos inked on themselves.
They are known to camp outside gig venues for days - with much of the singer’s success down to his strong social media.
Yungblud admitted it was getting “harder” to engage and manage his fanbase now it was growing, but said they gave him a sense of belonging.
“It is getting harder as it is getting bigger. I grew up in an environment that wasn’t stable and full of joy all the time. I want people to have a place where they feel happy and that they can be themselves. But it is hard as you are trying to provide that to millions of people, but I love every single minute of it. That is all I ever dreamed of - of belonging somewhere.”
Yungblud, who grew up in Doncaster, recently performed at the Tokyo 2020 homecoming concert - and then filmed a video with Team GB skateboarder Sky Brown, 13, who taught him to skate.
He said of the athlete: “I think she is sick, she is such a little punk. She is defying the norm. She is bringing a new genre of sport to the olympics and being the youngest olympian ever and winning a medal. What a legend.”
Earlier this month, Yungblud released his next single - called Fleabag - which he said was a “kick back” to the “expectations” he felt he had forced on him as an artist.
“I think it is dangerous to set an expectation as an artist,” he said. “Then you aren’t being an artist. You are an action figure frozen in time. I don’t want to be that. So this next song is a kick back against that.”
He is due to tour in coming months with his new material. About life on the road, he said: “I am obsessed, I love it. I get to play to thousands of people across the world. It’s wild. I don’t miss being at home. I have gypsy blood in me, so I am a f***ing cliche.”
Yungblud was speaking ahead of his intimate, secret performance on Thursday night to just 1,000 fans in collaboration with Samsung at their Kings Cross headquarters. The special gig was inspired by the tech brand’s new foldable smartphones.
Yungblud said about the gig: “I always like to keep people on their toes. Popping up everywhere, causing a bit of chaos. This opportunity came on my horizon and it seemed to fit with everything I am about. I love that this is representing how I accumulate my fan base. I interacted with them on my phone, posted on social media. It’s wild, I love it.”