James Blunt would like to apologise for creating his "annoying" love song "You're Beautiful" ten years ago.
The track, which featured on the singer-songwriter's 2004 bestselling debut album Back to Bedlam, topped charts in ten countries, shifted more than four million copies around the world, earned a Grammy nomination and won an Ivor Novello.
But Blunt has at last admitted that it was "force-fed down people's throats", leading music fans to think of him as an "insanely serious person" and get bored, damaging his reputation.
The accompanying music video for "You're Beautiful", in which Blunt appears sad, shirtless and shoeless in the snow, only made things worse.
"I have a couple of over-emotional miserable songs that I'm known for, but I think it's turned that corner now," he told Hello! magazine, adding that his music was first marketed to appeal to "women during Desperate Housewives commercials" when "dudes also love slow jams about lost loves and things being beautiful".
Blunt temporarily quit the music business in 2012 to "take more time for himself", stop writing songs and "chill out" in Ibiza, before returning to resume his career with last year's Moon Landing.
The 40-year-old former Harrow student and NATO soldier had come under fire for his "posh" upbringing and was widely mocked on social media.
Just read that James Blunt has quit the music industry. What an utterly outstanding day for the human race.— Andy Neil (@andyneil_) October 22, 2012
James Blunt has quit music. Didn't know he'd started.— Phil Stockwell (@PhilJSto) October 22, 2012
James Blunt's announced he's no longer making music. I could have told him that 10 years ago— Colin Sharkey (@colinsharkey) October 22, 2012
Earlier this year, Blunt hit out at Blur's Damon Albarn for attempting to distance himself from his own background.
"I was just the only one who didn't hide my accent," he told The Sun. "I mean, come on, Damon Albarn, he's right up there. He's got an orchard full of plums in his mouth and a silver spoon stuck up his arse."Reuse content