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My hit was not that beautiful, says Blunt

Chart star James Blunt has declared his own best-selling hit You're Beautiful was "annoying".

The 40-year-old singer admitted the tune was over-exposed and alienated a lot of people after being marketed to win over female fans.

In an interview with Hello! magazine, he said he was nothing like the "earnest" figure he is reputed to be.

Speaking about his 2005 worldwide hit, he said: "There was one song that was force-fed down people's throats - You're Beautiful - and it became annoying, and then people start to associate the artist with the same word.

"I think, at the end of the day, I was marketed by a record company to appeal to women during Desperate Housewives commercials."