Los Angeles: Singer Katy Perry says she had to "fake" her confidence when she started her career in the music industry.

Katy Perry
Katy Perry. Pic/Santa Banta 

The 30-year-old has had a multitude of hit tracks and is known for her daring live performances but she says she suffered from self-esteem issues when she entered showbiz, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"There's an intense level of confidence that sweeps over me and I can really command a stage, and back then, I could do it, too. I just had to. I had to fake it until I made it," USA Today magazine quoted Perry as saying.

Speaking about her time on the Warped Tour, she said: "Someone voted me laziest because they thought I was just sleeping in my bus because they never saw me."

"The actual reality is, I was up at seven a.m. doing radio promo and then going to dinner with program directors after my shows. I was always hustling. Can you imagine being voted 'laziest?' Cut to eight years later, I'm doing a year-long tour and 141 shows and counting," she added.