Los Angeles, Aug 12 (PTI) James Blunt’s most popular song “You’re beautiful” released 18 years ago and became an overnight success. The singer says the lack of privacy that came with the new fame was a bit daunting for him.

The 43-year-old British musician says the exposure made him uncomfortable, reported Us magazine.

“It was amazing and scary. I’m a pretty private person, so the exposure made me uncomfortable, but you adapt, and I’ve had such great fun with it.

“If I were to advise anyone, rather than pursue fame and fortune, I’d recommend pursing anonymity and fortune. Hell, maybe just pursue happiness,” Blunt says.

The song was off his 2004 debut album, ‘Back to Bedlam’.

Since then, he has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and is currently on tour with Ed Sheeran.

“I’ve just released my fifth album, and am on my fifth world tour making the music, and playing it live has been an amazing experience.

“I took (Ed) skiing last year, which he’d never done before, so I taught him how to ski by day, and he taught me how to write songs by night. The song we wrote is called ‘Make Me Better’ and it’s on my new album, ‘The Afterlove’,” he says.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.