Lily Allen talks about showbiz, her comeback and retiring back in 2009

by Martin
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Lily Allen recently made a surprising comeback to music after retiring in 2009 as she featured on the John Lewis Christmas advert covering Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’.

The singer also released her comeback single ‘Hard Out Here’ and defended the official video of the track which received quite a bit of criticism. The singer has also opened up about her comeback and showbiz in general.

When Lily Allen released the official music video for ‘Hard Out Here’ there were mixed reviews as some complained at her choice of dancers but on the whole many praised her return to music.

Lily recently spoke with Esquire and admitted that she began to notice quite a bit of back-stabbing in showbiz when she was pregnant and how people seemed to distance themselves from her.

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She said: “I thought the people in that showbiz circle were my friends, but almost the second I got pregnant and I wasn’t able to go out and party, they were suddenly quite nasty.”

She continued: “There’s a way that those people survive, and it’s not by being nice. The way they make themselves feel powerful is to ostracise other people. I feel blessed to be able to recognise that but at the same time it can still feel pretty s**t what you walk into a room full of people and you can feel the eyes looking at you and people laughing.

Lily, who also recently confirmed herself to be on the Glastonbury 2014 lineup also added: “It’s hard for me because I will eternally feel like that little bullied girl at school, because that’s what I was.”

“I feel like when I was growing up and dreaming of being a popstar, it was the days of Britpop when things felt authentic and anarchic, and people were taking drugs and having a lot of fun and having sex with each other and it wasn’t fake, it was real.”

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“So excuse me if I found it a bit disappointing when I arrived and it was a bunch of sterile f**king Botoxed idiots that stank of desperation.”

Continuing her interview with Esquire Lily Allen spoke about how she isn’t looking to make an impact globally with her new music and used Rihanna as an example”

“I feel very lucky. I couldn’t ask for much more really. And actually I’m not really asking for much more. I’m not trying to take over the world here. I don’t want to be Rihanna. I want to sell some records, sell some tickets to my shows and live my life.”

Allen also opened up as to why she quit music back in 2009: “I was at the end of my tether. I’d had enough of people constantly hacking at me. And I think once you’re exhausted physically and mentally, it does get you down.”

If you haven’t seen the video for ‘Hard Out Here’ yet then take a look at it below.