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Sunday 1 March 2015

Arctic Monkeys' Turner is shy guy

Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys is shy despite being a frontman
Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys is shy despite being a frontman

Alex Turner and his Arctic Monkeys bandmates have said that he is actually quite shy and doesn't like being the centre of attention.

The frontman made headlines earlier this year with his rambling Brit Awards acceptance speech where he ranted about the importance of rock 'n' roll.

But Alex told Esquire of the speech and the attention he gets: "I'm in a difficult position in the sense that, preposterous as this might sound, I don't like being the centre of attention.

"I get up on stage every night and play songs, but I almost feel the songs are the centre of attention. I don't like opening my birthday presents in front of people, either. But I can't really see another way round making an acceptance speech."

His bandmate Jamie Cook added: "Alex has evolved from being quite shy, quite kind of quiet.

"Like, some people have got freaked out by the change. But I think it's much better the way he is now."

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