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Sam Smith on American success: 'I had a panic attack thinking about it'

British singer-songwriter Sam Smith has revealed that while he's overwhelmed by his success in the USA, he is conscious about not neglecting his home country and wants to make sure he's still very much rooted in the UK. 

During a new interview with Digital Spy, the 'Stay With Me' superstar explained that it's important to him to consider his home country as much as he considers carving out a lasting career for himself internationally:

"The whole American thing completely wasn't planned. I had a panic attack the other day. I was thinking, 'F**k'. The UK is so important to me. It's everything - it's my home. I love America but it's so important for me to be here and be an artist and be well known here. I was worrying I was spending too much time in the US, because UK people get a bit sick of people who spend too much time there. It's really hard to balance out what you're doing."

He is due to kick off a U.S. tour later this month and added that he's trying not to focus on what a huge deal it really is: "I'm just trying to pay attention to the shows. The bigger the shows get, that's when it gets overwhelming. I can't explain how unplanned it was as well."

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