With his Preview to Paradise EP out, a summer tour with Big Time Rush set to kick off next month and a rumored relationship with "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star Kylie Jenner, Cody Simpson's celebrity is definitely on the rise.
And the Australian pop star understands that with a major music career comes interest in his personal life — including the prying lenses of the paparazzi following the 15-year-old as he makes his way through the world.
When Simpson chatted with MTV News on Tuesday, the same day he dropped the EP, he said he's taking it all in stride.
"I'm getting there," Simpson said. "For a while, it was always just about my music and establishing myself. I think it was a little different at first when people started taking interest in what I did other than that — the whole celebrity thing, I guess — and it's something that I had to get used to. But, you know, it all comes as a package, and you have to be ready for it. I'm embracing it, and I love it."
These days, Simpson is focused on his career more than worrying about his road to megastardom. And, one of his main priorities is dropping his full-length album, Paradise, in October.
"I just love music and I love to work hard, and that's what I've been doing for the last two years since I got my record deal, and I'm more than prepared," he said. "I'm very motivated and I always stay motivated, and I'm very dedicated to what I do when I set my mind to something. It's pretty much the music 24/7 for me. I'm ready for this year and 2013."
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