Cody Simpson, 21, is constantly 'haunted' by childhood 

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The Australian singer-songwriter rose to fame in 2009 at just 12-years-old after gaining attention with his impressive YouTube videos. 

And Cody Simpson, now 21, has opened up about his experience growing up under the spotlight of the music industry.  

Speaking to Build Series in New York on Tuesday, the Gold Coast native described rising to stardom in his teens as a 'blessing and a curse.'

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'It was a blessing and a curse': Cody Simpson, 21, discusses growing up in the music industry as the singer reveals he's constantly 'haunted' by his childhood

'It was a blessing and a curse': Cody Simpson, 21, discusses growing up in the music industry as the singer reveals he's constantly 'haunted' by his childhood

Pre-teen sensation! The Australian singer-songwriter rose to fame in 2009 at just 12-years-old after gaining attention with his impressive YouTube videos (Pictured in 2010)

Pre-teen sensation! The Australian singer-songwriter rose to fame in 2009 at just 12-years-old after gaining attention with his impressive YouTube videos (Pictured in 2010)

Cody added: 'It's been interesting, you know, you're kind of figuring out, fumbling in front of everyone. You're just kind of, you don't know exactly what you're doing for a while there, you're just kind of figuring it out in public.'

The La Da Dee hit-maker said while it was at times tough being thrust into the spotlight at an early age, he admitted: 'It gave me the platform that I have today to be able to do all these things that I love to do and share them with the world.' 

Cody, who is an avid surfer, claimed it was hard to leave his past in the past:

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