Lily Allen is an English singer-songwriter and actress. She left school at 15 because she didn’t want to “spend a third of her life working for the next third of her life to get a pension for the next third of her life.”
Lily Allen Personal Life
Lily Allen was born on 2 May 1985 in Hammersmith, London, England to Keith Allen, a Welsh-born actor, and Alison Owen, a British film producer. She has an older sister, Sarah; a younger brother, Alfie; and a younger sister, Rebecca.
At the age of three, Allen appeared in The Comic Strip Presents… written by her father. When she was four years old, her father left the family. During her early childhood, Allen lived with her family on a council estate. They later settled in Islington. At the time, the family was living with comedian Harry Enfield while her mother was dating him.
Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer was close to Allen. She told Loveline that audiences “were moved to tears to see a troubled young girl do something good.” At the time, Allen said she knew music was something she had to pursue as a lifelong calling or get it out of his system. She played the piano until the 5th grade and reached the 8th grade in singing. Allen also played violin, guitar, and trumpet and was a member of a chamber choir. Her first solo was “In the Bleak Midwinter”. In 1998, Allen appeared in the music video for the song “Vindaloo” by Fat Les. She left school at 15 because she didn’t want to “spend a third of her life working for the next third of her life to get a pension for the next third of her life.”
Lily Allen Career
When her family went on holiday to Ibiza, Allen told her mother that she was staying with friends, but instead stayed in Sant Antoni de Portmany. She made money working at Plastic Fantastic record store and selling ecstasy at the age of 15. Allen met her first manager George Lamb in Ibiza. She first recorded vocals on “On Me Head Not Off Me Head”, which her father wrote for Mike Bassett: England Manager in 2001, and featured on her father Fat Les’ 2002 song “Who Invented Fish and Chips.” She began working with music producers and recorded a demo. Several record companies dropped her, citing her drinking and Keith Allen’s daughter. She later used her father’s connections to sign with London Records in 2002. When the manager who signed her left, the label lost interest, and she left without releasing folk songs, many of which were written by her father. She then studied horticulture and became a florist, but changed her mind and returned to music. Allen began writing songs while her manager introduced her to the production duo Future Cut in 2004. They worked in a small studio in the basement of an office building.
In 2005, Allen was signed to Regal Recordings; they gave her £25,000 to produce the album, although they were unable to support it much due to interest from other labels such as XandY (Coldplay) and Demon Days (Gorillaz). Allen then created a MySpace account and began posting demos she recorded in November 2005. The demos garnered thousands of listeners and 500 limited editions 7″ vinyl singles of the “LDN” record were released as flash editions selling for up to £40. Allen also made two mixtapes to showcase her work – My First Mixtape and My Second Mixtape. As she amassed tens of thousands of MySpace friends, The Observer Music Monthly (OMM), published in The Observer magazine, took an interest in March 2006. Few people outside her label’s AandR department knew who she was, so the label was slow to respond to publications seeking to report her. She received her first major mainstream coverage, appearing in a magazine cover story two months later. In 2007, she played the newly launched Park Stage at Glastonbury Festival, replacing MIA, who had canceled. During the festival, she reunited two members of The Specials, whose guitarist Lynval Golding claimed they played a “big part” in the band’s 2009 reunion. She also sang vocals on the top ten single “Oh My God”, a cover of Mark Ronson’s Kaiser Chiefs song. On 1 July 2007, Allen performed at the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium in London to celebrate the life of Princess Diana. She sang “LDN” and “Smile”. Allen’s single “Littlest Things” from her Ronson-produced album won her a 2008 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year – Non-Classical. She also provided backing vocals on some tracks on Kaiser Chiefs’ third album in 2008. Allen won a BMI Songwriting Award in 2008 for the song “Smile”.
After the release of her first album, parent company EMI moved to Terra Firma. She also changed her management company from Empire Artist Management to Twenty-First Artist, although her core team remained in place. At the insistence of her label, Allen tried unsuccessfully to create an album with multiple writers and producers. She later returned to Greg Kurstin, who wrote three songs for all rights, Still. The album was produced by Kurstin at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles. Before returning to Kurstin, Allen wrote songs for the album with him, who played the piano. This was a change from her earlier work, where she wrote lyrics to ready-made songs.
Allen released a statement saying, “We decided to try to do bigger sounding, more ethereal songs, real songs… I wanted to work with one person from start to finish so that it was one whole. I wanted it to feel like it had some integrity. I think I’ve grown a little bit as a person and I hope this reflects that.” She released two new song demos on her MySpace page and planned to release a mixtape to give her fans a taste of the new direction she was taking.
On June 29, 2008, Allen performed at the Glastonbury Festival with producer Mark Ronson. An emotional Allen dedicated her performance of “The Smallest Things” to her grandmother, who had died the night before. It’s Not Me, It’s You was originally scheduled for release in early 2008, but her miscarriage and creative issues pushed the release date back to the fall. In the fall of 2008, EMI underwent a structural change. Due to this environment, it was decided to postpone the final release date of the album. Matmi created the online game Escape the Fear as part of a viral marketing campaign aimed at people who were unaware of Allen or the album. Since its release, “The Game” has topped the global viral charts three times, including during Christmas week, a highly controversial time of year. As of February 18, 2009, “The Game” has been played more than two million times. Singer and The Clash guitarist Mick Jones covered The Clash’s “Straight to Hell” on the charity Heroes album.
In September 2009, Allen announced that she was considering an acting career, that she would not be renewing her record deal, and that she had “no plans” to make a new record. In September 2010, she performed her last show for two and a half years, supporting Muse at Wembley Stadium in London, England. She featured on the UK Top 5 single “Just Be Good to Green” written by Professor Green in June 2010. The following month she began writing songs for a musical version of Bridget Jones’s Diary, which was due to open in West London. Ended in 2012. Also in 2011, T-Pain used a verse from Allen’s “Who’d Have Known” in the chorus of “5 O’Clock”, the second single from his album Revolver. The song, which also features Wiz Khalifa, was released in September 2011 and peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Allen’s first Top 10 single in the US. In June 2012, Allen confirmed that she was working in the studio with Greg Kurstin on new music. She later changed her professional name from Lily Allen to Lily Rose Cooper and appeared on the song “True Love” on Pink’s sixth studio album, The Truth About Love, which was released in September 2012.
In February 2013, she performed in Paris. A fashion show produced by Mark Ronson, which she called “Mumma”. predicted the release of a new album “About her motherhood experiences” by the end of 2013. In August 2013, she changed her professional name back to Lily Allen and tweeted that new music was coming “soon”. In November 2013, Allen recorded a cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” for a John Lewis Christmas advert and donated a portion of the song’s sales to Save the Children’s Philippine Typhoon Appeal. It was released as a download single and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on 24 November.
On November 12, 2013, Allen premiered the video for her new track “Hard Out Here” on her official website. The song was released as a download the following week and peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart, giving Allen two simultaneous top ten hits.
In December 2013, Allen was announced as one of the Warner Bros. Records’ latest signings since Warner Music Group bought Parlophone from Universal Music Group in May 2013. On 13 January 2014, “Air Balloon” was played on BBC Radio 1. and was released on 2 March 2014 as the second single from Allen’s third studio album, Sheezus. The album was released on May 5, 2014.
Allen performed at Glastonbury Festival in 2014. After the release of Sheezus (2014), Allen suffered an “identity crisis”. She did not enjoy the music she was asked to create and believed that people in the music industry controlled her musical choices. Allen mentioned on the News Roast podcast that she is working on a new album that is mostly about himself, her relationship with her children, her marriage breakdown, drug addiction, etc. Allen worked with Mark Ronson
In late 2017, Allen uploaded many songs online in preparation for the album, including “Family Man”. While planning the album, Allen wanted to solve his problems through music. Allen decided to do this because she felt that people are often controlled by “outside forces” when trying to express themselves, something she wanted to explore when making No Shame. To promote the album, Allen embarked on her worldwide No Shame Tour.
In April 2019, Allen revealed on Beats 1 radio that she was working on her next record, which would be a “concept album”. Allen later said in March 2020 that her new album would only have the “odd mention” of her past addictions, as she was “so far mentally since then”. She said: “I made this album, I’ve been writing for a little over a year, but I feel like I’ve come so far mentally since then.” At the 2022 Glastonbury Festival, Allen performed during Olivia Rodrigo’s “Fuck You” in protest of the 2022 Supreme Court ruling that the US Constitution does not protect abortion. The Guardian described it as an “exciting and furious” moment. Allen later said she wasn’t sure she could “perform on stage sober like this again” after nearly three years sober.
Allen appeared as a maid in the 1998 film Elizabeth, which was co-produced by her mother. She next appeared as Elizabeth Taylor in How to Build a Girl in July 2019 alongside her brother Alfie.
In June 2021, Allen announced that she would play the lead role of Jenny in 2:22 A Ghost Story from 3 August 2021 at the Noël Coward Theatre. Directed by Matthew Dunster and written by Danny Robins, Allen debuts in August 2021. Annabel Nugent, reviewing the play for The Independent, wrote: “Allen is brilliant as Jenny. Weariness pulses beneath her palpable fear – just enough to challenge Jenny’s version of events in her performance.” In 2022, she received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress and also won a WhatsOnStage Award for her performance. On 10 June 2022, it was announced that she will star alongside Freema Agyeman in Sharon Horgan’s comedy-drama Dreamland for Sky Max. It was developed from a short film that aired in 2017 starring Morgana Robinson.
Lily Allen Venture
Lucy Allen and her sister opened their clothing store called “Lucy in Disguise” on September 15, 2010. In January 2011, she founded her record label, In the Name Of Sony Music, with financial support. The label released Tom Odell’s debut album. The brand was closed in 2014. In May 2016, Allen announced the launch of her second label, Bank Holiday Records. British-American RandB singer Celeste was one of the first artists signed to the label. On September 20, 2018, Allen released a memoir, My Thoughts Exactly, with Blink Publishing. It was nominated for the FutureBook Campaign of the Year award. The book is one of the seven best celebrity memoirs of 2018 by the Evening Standard. It is one of nine books listed in The Guardian’s Showbusiness Best Books of 2018. In October 2020, Allen worked with sex technology company Womanizer to create her sex toy called “Liberty”, a clitoris pump. She is the head of Womanizer’s release and leads their #IMarturbate campaign, which encourages women to embrace their sexuality.
Lily Allen Relationship
Allen began dating musician Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers in September 2007, and in December, Allen announced that she and Simons were expecting a child. Allen announced that she suffered a miscarriage in January 2008. However, in her 2018 memoir My Thoughts Exactly, Allen writes that she “fake[d]” the miscarriage due to fears over how tabloids would report the story. After five months of dating, Allen’s relationship with Simons ended. Allen has stated that she spent three weeks in a psychiatric clinic due to depression.
In July 2009, Allen began dating Sam Cooper, a builder, and decorator. On 5 August 2010, Allen announced that she was pregnant with her and Cooper’s first child, later confirmed to be a boy, due early in 2011. She experienced complications early in the pregnancy, including “about a week and a half of really heavy bleeding.” In late October, six months into her pregnancy, Allen contracted a viral infection, which caused her to suffer a stillbirth, announced on 1 November. On 6 November, Allen was admitted to a hospital, where she responded well to treatment for septicemia. In February 2017, Allen explained that she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after the stillbirth.
Allen and Cooper became engaged in December 2010 while on holiday in Bali. They wed on 11 June 2011 at St. James Church in Cranham, Gloucestershire, England. The designer of Allen’s wedding dress confirmed she was several months pregnant on the wedding day. Allen gave birth to her daughter, Ethel Mary, in 2011. She gave birth to her second daughter, Marnie Rose, in 2013, following which she experienced postnatal depression.
On 2 September 2018, Allen posted on Instagram that she had had sex with female escorts in 2014 whilst married to Cooper, and whilst on tour promoting Sheezus. Allen had included details of these events in her book My Thoughts Exactly and said that she made the Instagram post as the Daily Mail was planning to publish an article about it the following day. Saying that “I’m not proud, but I’m not ashamed”, Allen has linked the events to her postnatal depression and the breakdown of her marriage. Allen has criticized the press for portraying the events as a “lesbian prostitute sex romp”.
In My Thoughts Exactly, Allen writes that she had an affair with Liam Gallagher when he was married to Nicole Appleton. In mid-2015, Allen and Cooper broke up, after she told him about her acts of infidelity. In June 2018, it was publicly announced that a “friendly divorce” from Cooper had been finalized and they would share custody of their children.
Allen began a relationship with actor David Harbour in 2019. They made their red carpet debut at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. On September 7, 2020, the day after receiving their marriage license, they married in Las Vegas in a wedding officiated by an Elvis impersonator
Lily Allen Health Condition
In 203, Lily was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Lily Allen Net Worth
Lily has a net worth of $10 million. She has been active in the industry for the last 17 years which has helped her to create good fortune for herself.
Lily Allen Education
Lily did her schooling at Millfield School and later transferred to Bedales School followed by Hill House School. Lily used to smoke and drink due to which she was expelled from the school.
Lily Allen Instagram Account
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Lily Allen Physical Stats
|Height||5 feet 2 in|
|Shoe Size||3.5(UK )|
Lily Allen Wiki/Bio
|Full Name||Lily Rose Beatrice Allen|
|Date of birth||2 May 1985|
|Age||37 (as of 2023)|
|Birthplace||Hammersmith, London, England|
|Hometown||Hammersmith, London, England|
|Profession||Singer, songwriter, actress, author|
|Siblings||Alfie Allen, Sarah Allen, and Rebecca Allen|
|Spouse||Sam Cooper (m. 2011; Div. 2018)|
David Harbour (m. 2020)
|Children||Ethel and Marnie|
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