The `Change the Way You Kiss Me` hitmaker insists he doesn`t like being "hassled" by fans, but he thinks it makes potential girlfriends more willing to sleep with him.
He said: "I don`t really do dates because I don`t like being hassled during a meal, although if you want to impress a girl that can look quite good.
"There are certain places I can go where I know I`m going to be hassled. Like, in my local pub everyone knows me so I don`t get bothered, but if I go down to Pizza Express on a date I`m guaranteed to get asked for maybe 20 pictures. There`s a good chance she`ll want to sleep with you after that."
The 29-year-old star admits getting recognised by the public makes him feel successful.
Asked when he last felt famous, he told the new issue of Q magazine: "Earlier today, when I was walking through Manchester Picadilly station. I got shouted and waved at by about 40 people in five minutes. Even the foreign bloke in Yo! Sushi recognised me, which was quite good, that`s when you know you`re doing well."
Example - whose real name is Elliot Gleave - also admitted he buys few gifts for his girlfriends because he prefers to impress them with poetry.
He said: "Women are very impressed by poetry, it`s amazing.
"You could buy a girl a Mulberry bag or write a poem and they`ll have the same value to her. I`m good with rhyming words so I don`t have to buy that many gifts; I`ll just write a poem that takes maybe a minute."