The 20-year-old Australian singer, who shot to fame with her hit song 'Sweet About Me' as a teenager four years ago, said that her disappointing second album taught her not to compromise her music for the price of fame and success.
Cilmi told the Herald Sun: "Basically, it was an awakening for me to realise the position I am in to make the record that I want to make and just stand up for myself."
During the height of her success, Cilmi won six ARIA awards and performed at Glastonbury.
In 2010, she revealed that she had some regrets about her career, especially stripping off for men's magazine FHM. She said that she didn't understand how raunchy the images would be before they were published.
She said: "They removed my top, they didn't say they were going to do that, so that was a bit of a shock to see myself in that light. I was fed the wrong information, people didn't keep their promises.
"I wouldn't do it again, you can never tell what the outcome's going to be."
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Watch Gabriella Cilmi's video for 'Sweet About Me' below: