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Louisa Johnson: 'I had to get used to fame pretty quickly'

Former The X Factor winner Louisa Johnson wants to be selling out arenas in five years' time.

Louisa Johnson credits her "easygoing" nature for helping her deal with being in the public eye.

The 19-year-old singer who was crowned winner of The X Factor in 2015, when she was just 17 years old is doing her utmost to break the X Factor winner's curse and so far things are going well.

Tears, her collaboration with Clean Bandit, made it to number five in the U.K. singles chart, and So Good her first solo single after her X Factor winner's track made it to number 13 in the charts, and she's now gearing up to release new tune Best Behaviour, taken from her debut album.

Louisa is determined to make the most of her success for however long it lasts, revealing in an interview that she doesn't let comments about her unique sense of style get her down.

"Dealing with (fame) is one of those things that comes with time, but you do just get used to it, you have to get used to it pretty quickly," she tells Mail Online. "I'm quite an easygoing person. It doesn't really get to me that much, I just wear whatever I like and what I feel comfortable in and as long as I'm happy I don't really care.

"It's just how I am, I like feeling comfortable and if you're not happy then there's not really much point."

While she's currently at the very start of her career, Louisa has a big aim for the future - she wants to perform at the legendary Madison Square Garden venue in New York. And she thinks she can get there, as long as she stays motivated and dedicated to her art.

"You have to have fun, but when it comes to your job and your career you have to (take things seriously)," she explains. "In five years I'd love to be doing arena tours and stuff like that, that's my main goal. I'm nowhere near where I want to be yet. I know I've done a lot - it sounds quite strange to say - but I wasn't in this for the short game, I'm in it for the long run.

"I think the dream would be Madison Square Garden, one day maybe."

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