Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has said he doesn't like being the centre of attention and feels his songs are the real stars.

Turner told Esquire, "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."

Despite his dislike of the spotlight, Turner caused quite a stir at the Brit Awards this year with his acceptance speeches leaving viewers divided with some saying he came across too cocky, though fans generally found the speech, in which he repeated that rock 'n' roll will never die, amusing.

Arctic Monkeys' 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."