Paloma Faith is amazed that people like Pharrell Williams and Raphael Saadiq wanted to work with her on her new album 'The Perfect Contradiction'.

Paloma Faith feels like a "competition winner" because of her high-profile collaborators.

The 'Can't Rely On You' singer has worked with a string of famous faces on her new album 'The Perfect Contradiction' and can't believe stars like Pharrell Williams and Raphael Saadiq wanted to write with her.

She said: "On this album I didn't approach hardly any of the people, I met Pharrell at the Met Ball [last year] and came up and asked to work with me, which I was gobsmacked about. He came up to me and was like, 'I think you're so cool' and was singing my songs to me. I was just like, 'How do you even know who I am?'

"Raphael I met because I was opening for Prince and he was as well, he was like 'Let's write together.'

" I feel like a competition winner."

Paloma admits she found it hard to concentrate when she entered the studio with Pharrell because she was so in awe of his youthful good looks.

Asked what it was like entering the studio with him, she said: " Difficult to concentrate because he's so beautiful and I can't believe he's 43, he looks about 15. And his wife is devastatingly beautiful. He's nice and humble."

Though they got on well, the 32-year-old singer admits she hasn't heard much from the 'Happy' hitmaker recently.

She joked in a radio interview: " I've got his phone number and email. He's quite busy now, he doesn't reply as much as he used to. I think I'm left out on the doorstep."