This is the most personal song on VoiceNotes
. Puth told Entertainment Weekly
"There's a song called 'The Way I Am,' which is the first song that I completely wrote about me: my insecurities, anxieties, how I've reacted to fame - which seemed to hit me overnight - how I really am in person versus how I'm perceived. That's the most personal song.
What's so funny is that it's meant to be a fun song, but I was almost crying while writing it because it was so overwhelming. When it comes out, the world will know more about me, which is scary! Everyone thinks that because I'm famous and successful that nothing can go wrong. I'm just like everybody else. It's about embracing individuality, and it's showing that I'm not that different from the listener."