Rufus Wainwright has said fame ended up being very different to what he thought it would be like.
The singer-songwriter admitted he had expected to be living more of a superstar lifestyle but was happy with how things had turned out.
He said: "I thought I'd be dominating the pop charts and behaving like a porn star. I had outrageous notions of what fame was back then, but certainly what I've ended up with isn't so bad.
"I've stuck to my guns. As much as I wanted to sell out and be this pop sensation, I did actually maintain a certain degree of sophistication. It's nice to look back at the well-polished songs and realise that they were built properly. As a result, they'll last a little longer."
Rufus added that listening back to some of his earlier music could be difficult for him: "Listening back to my albums reminds me of what I was going through at the time. The first record was my adolescence, the second my blissful decadence and the third the payback for that.
"It can be painful listening back, but I tend to be hopeful and encouraging of my craft. It's hard to listen to songs about my parents, that gets melancholic. Such deep wounds, my mother's passing or my early experiences with my father, which have now improved immensely, but I'm still that wounded little boy in some of those songs.
"That said, there are no songs of mine I would forbid from being on a Best Of, but I think if I had to choose three songs to play to someone to introduce them to my music, I'd go for Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk, Going To A Town and probably a Judy Garland song, just for the hell of it."
:: Rufus Wainwright releases Vibrate: The Best Of on March 3.