Corinne Bailey Rae insists she's "not interested" in being a celebrity.
The British singer-songwriter - who releases her second album The Sea on February 1 - burst into prominence in 2006 after her self-titled debut topped the chart, leading to Mobo gongs and Brit and Grammy nods.
"I wasn't interested in fame, and I'm still not, so I never felt I had to match that first record in terms of commercial success," she told The Independent.
"I felt my music was left of centre, I never imagined the thing that I liked would chime briefly with popular taste. It was weird for me that I was seen as this safe, mainstream sort of thing."
Corinne is reluctant to speak about the death of her husband Jason, who died of an accidental overdose in 2008.
"It has been difficult - you find yourself volunteering loads of personal stuff, but then you forget that those words are going to get printed, shown to lots of people and interpreted in a different way," she added.
"I feel like people want to get in, they want to know more and more and sometimes you feel like that's too much."