Eddie Vedder used to hide from his fame in his laundry.

The Pearl Jam frontman was so overwhelmed by the attention he received when the group shot to fame in the 1990s, he "completely retreated into himself".

The 44-year-old singer recalls: "I was almost overwhelmed by it all. I had this house - not a giant house, but three or four nice rooms, and a jukebox.

"And it had this laundry room, and I would sit in there with an ashtray that I trusted. It was like the world couldn't get me in the laundry room."

In the beginning, Eddie responded to the attention by revealing more and more of himself, but quickly became withdrawn and secretive as fans and the media became obsessed with him.

He told Britain's Guardian newspaper: "One of the reasons you're protecting yourself is because you've been forthcoming with your emotions. So you have to build a wall. And now people are driving into the wall. That's what f***s with your head. I felt like my brain was a w***e and I was getting mindf****d."