Michael Buble hates the clean-cut crooner image his management forced on him at the start of his career - because he loves partying and smoking marijuana.

The Canadian singer made a name for himself singing love songs and became a hit with housewives with his 2005 breakthrough album It's Time - but he admits there's actually a wild rock star under his sweet stage persona.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "Don't get me wrong, big band music is my passion and I am that guy in suits who sings romantic music. But if you'd accused Frank Sinatra of being some soft touch, he'd have had you shot. That's what attracted me to the Rat Pack guys - they had attitude. When I first got a record deal they wanted to market me a certain way. I hated it, I was living a lie. So I had to find ways to cope with all that."

The 34 year old was forced to smoke joints and drink alcohol in secret - to keep fans from finding out about his vices: "There I was pretending to be this sweet boy. It was hard trying to be that nice guy the whole time. Truth is, I was a Canadian kid who loved women, partying and ice hockey... I grew up in Vancouver, which has the best weed in the world and good alcohol. You can score (buy drugs) just walking down the street, so I did. I've never done cocaine or heroin or anything stronger. But I don't see anything wrong with relaxing with a joint."

"I'd worked from 16 years old until 26 years old... then I got a couple of big breaks, but the label couldn't give a s**t about me. They thought I'd sell 50,000 records in my lifetime. But they knew they wanted to market me as the clean-cut sweet kid who the mums would love. I'm proud of what I did but it wasn't me, I was just surviving." (PAW/WNTSU/LR)

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