British pop star Sam Smith deliberately plunged himself into a well of despair because his record label needed him to write an album.

The Stay With Me hitmaker reveals his emotional record In The Lonely Hour was the product of being "desperately sad" but he candidly admits his raw emotions had been slightly forced.

He tells BBC Radio 1, "It came from (being) in love with someone who doesn't love me back. It was desperately sad to think of, but it was such a healing process for me, you know?... Looking back on it, the person I was in love with, I think I forced myself a little bit to be more in love with them in order to write more music... Because my label were like, 'We need an album.' So I was like, 'Right, let's go for dinner. Break my heart!' So I think, kind of, it was a bit self-inflicted maybe."

Despite his romance woes, Smith also reveals he is in the early stages of a new relationship: "It's the first time I've felt something really amazing since the person the album was about, it's the first time I've actually really fancied someone."