Lily Allen is back and I for one am extremely happy. I’ve always been a fan of hers and was really happy to hear she was releasing new material (not just the John Lewis Christmas advert).
On Sunday Lily officially released ‘Hard Out Here’ – her comeback single but the video was actually released last week and received a lot of criticism but just as much praise.
While Lily has defended the video to the critics and thanked those who have praised her (including fellow musicians Kate Nash, Laura Mvula and Ellie Goulding) the star has also opened up about its meaning.
The video for ‘Hard Out Here’ came under fire when people hit out at the singer for using black dancers gyrate on set with some even calling it racist.
Lily however has opened up to the Observer newspaper and admitted that it’s an anthem and an empowering one at that. She also explained the use of the word ‘bitch’ in the song:
“Dolly Parton is a bitch. Adele’s a bitch. [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel is a bitch. Rihanna’s an inspiring bitch, my mum, Miley’s a bitch, rising. She’s my hero. Kate Middleton is not a bitch.”
She also added that the meaning behind the video was to show that to enjoy life you don’t have to be ‘hot’.
“I’m not moaning at the world any more. Before, I was struggling. Coming out of adolescence and not knowing where I was in the world… now it’s about ownership and empowerment.”
“I’d like to think that my children’s generation won’t feel like this. Like I do. I want them to realize that not everyone can be f**king ‘hot’. Rather than attractiveness being the end prize, it should be as rewarding to be clever or funny.”
If you haven’t seen the video yet then check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook.