Irish music sensation Hozier has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame over the past year, but he isn’t immune to a bit of teasing from his pals.
The 24-year-old Bray-born star admitted his friends slag him over his new level of fame and hanging out with huge stars such as Taylor Swift and Adele.
“They just make fun of me. They jump straight to jokes that I’m injecting heroin into my eyeballs and racing to an early grave with every success,” he told Elle magazine.
“The last year has been mental, but I don’t feel famous. Things are going great and I’m very happy, but I’m not famous.”
Hozier might claim he’s not a celebrity, but he has some A-list fans and had a Bray reunion of sorts when he met up with Laura Whitmore in London.
The pair headed out for dinner at Clutch Chicken on Sunday night after he played a gig in Shepherds Bush.
While he was in London he also performed a cover of Ariana Grande’s Problem for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge sessions.
Hozier spent most of last year touring, and the year ahead is set to be just as busy, with very little time off until Christmas.
“Sadly, I’m too busy to work on my second album in any meaningful way,” he said.
“But I have a guitar with my everywhere I go and I’ll try to keep the ideas coming. I just won’t be able to do much meaningful work until 2016, I think.
“We’ve just had some fantastic offers this year and we don’t want to pull any punches. We’re really going for it.”
Hozier is set to play the Longitude festival in Marlay Park in July, and after naming his set at Electric Picnic as his favourite performance last year, he’ll no doubt want to return to Stradbally.
Meanwhile, the former Trinity College student has been nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammys for his smash hit, Take Me To Church.
The biggest awards show in music takes place this Sunday in Los Angeles, where Hozier will perform with Annie Lennox as part of the musical collaborations known as the Grammmy Moments.