Sam Smith says he feels less ''alone'' since releasing his debut album.

The 22-year-old star has shot to fame in both his native UK and across the pond in the US since the release of 'In The Lonely Hour' and he's confessed people's reaction to the theme of the record - on which he sings about love woes - has made him feel less lonely.

Speaking about his growing fan base, he explained: ''They contact me on Twitter, Instagram, they write letters, they tell me their problems when they meet me.

''Recently I did a signing in New York and a girl came up to me. She was crying. She said I'd inspired her to come out to her family. Then, I started crying my eyes out too.

''Calling the album 'In The Lonely Hour' has definitely attracted other people who wear their hearts on their sleeves. It's nice. I don't feel so alone in my sadness anymore.''

However, the 'Stay With Me' hitmaker isn't worried about getting carried away with his fame, as his family are still very much on hand to bring him down a peg or two when needed.

He told the Metro newspaper: ''Staying grounded is really hard. When you're surrounded by people telling you you're great, it's quite warped and tough. My team and my mum are strong enough to sort me out if it looks like I'm going to turn into a diva.''