British pop star Sam Smith plans to model his career on Hollywood legend Meryl Streep and avoid the party scene to keep his private life out of the headlines.

The Money On My Mind hitmaker is adamant he does not want to become a regular fixture in the gossip columns, so he hopes to emulate notoriously private star Streep and avoid becoming a public spectacle like late British singer Amy Winehouse.

He tells British magazine Style, "I have that sort of drive because I want it so bad. But it's hard to be soulful and driven. The more famous you get, the harder it's going to be to be open. That's when you get into the Amy Winehouse situation, when people just want to know your business. I hate the idea of not being able to sit on this bench right now. I want to be like Meryl Streep. You never see her in the papers."