PAOLO Nutini has admitted he took a four-year break from music after struggling to cope with the pressures of fame.
The singer told how he has never got used to being famous and had to take a step back from the limelight.
The star, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, is set to make a comeback when his third album Caustic Love is released in April.
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He described how he retreated home to Scotland after being left stressed and burnt out by constant touring and the demands of stardom.
He said: "It all got a little bit intense and heavy. Then I took a step back and had a listen to myself and some of the things I was moaning about - certain pressures that became an issue.
"It only takes going home for a little while to put these things into perspective."