Lily Allen still needs to drink to perform

Lily Allen is drinking again, fighting again, and generally just going back to her old ways. I don’t know what to do with her. I used to like her a lot, I used to think she was really funny and cool. Now I’m not so sure. After the Winehouse-esque drunken fights, the repeated public nudity, and the Britney-esque pink wig… I want to believe in her.

Lily Allen was performing for the first time in a while, and she needed some liquid courage to sing her songs. Interesting sidenote: for her encore, Lily performed a cover of Britney’s “Womanizer”. Britain’s The Sun had details, and an exclusive interview with Lily:

Raising a pint of wine to the crowd, Lily Allen giggles: “I’ve not had a drink for a while but if you expect me to get on stage and be funny, then I’ll need this,” and takes a gulp. The swarm of fans at the O2 Academy in Oxford explode into cheers and screams.

Lily has been off the booze for a while but she feels now is the right time to slip off the wagon. And why not? Tonight is the second of Lily’s warm-up shows to perform tracks from her new album.

She says: “Yep, I am drinking again. Last night I had my first drink. There’s no way I can get on stage without a drink. I think I’m funnier when I’ve had a few. I didn’t find it difficult to stop drinking, I didn’t even think about it. I haven’t really needed a drink but now I’m on tour, it’s fun drinking sometimes. But some things have changed. I’m not drinking any cheap stuff now – only expensive wine will do this time. I’ve gone upmarket.”

From The Sun

Oh, and the fights. Lily Allen’s longest, most protracted battle has been with Perez Hilton. I don’t read Perez, but I’ve read some of the coverage of the spat. Perez sounds like a nasty piece of work who deserves everything Lily dishes out.

…Blunt and honest, she has had public spats with Cheryl Cole, Katy Perry and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.

For her second album, Lily wants to be taken seriously. And she is. Her first single, “The Fear”, is ahead of Lady GaGa in the midweek charts and is heading for No1. She says: “All those rows, it’s just me sticking up for myself. With the internet you can fight back. If someone has written something unjust, wrong or has offended me, or offended a friend, then that’s it.”

“The other day Perez Hilton wrote that I was a lazy ar*e and I should give up on my record. Today, my single is No1 in the midweeks and I am on tour, working really, really hard. And his job is sitting at a computer all day. How can he call me lazy?!”

“I am working so hard because this album is all I care about. I’m so happy with how it’s worked out and that’s why I took my time with it. At first I was a bit scared of what people might think. Because of how famous I have become, I feel very judged. But it’s been great so far. I’ve even been in tears about some of the nice things written about this album. Crying like a baby!”

“But I write my music for me and I like it and if other people like it then great.”

From The Sun

The Sun piece is really long. If you like Lily Allen, it’s an interesting read and I would recommend it. She talks a lot more about her new album and her latest musical influences, a new producer, all of that stuff. She does seem to have grown up quite a bit the last few years, though I still expect her to act crazy when it suits her. Even the part of the interview where she talks about Perez isn’t really bad – she’s just defending herself. See? I do like her after all.

Picture note by Celebitchy: Lily “talk about meeee” Allen is shown wearing what looks like an engagement ring today while out in London. Credit: WENN

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  1. vdantev says:

    What a coincidence, because I need to be drunk to listen to her ‘music’.

  2. Murmur says:

    She’s a vulger, self-entitled, dimwit.

  3. Ash says:

    Sorry, I can’t relate. I don’t think I have ever heard a song by her. Is that bad?

  4. Ned says:

    I am beginning to get tired with all this trashy British people.

    Aren’t there any classy talented people left in England?

    Is beinhg trashy a requirement to become successful or famous in England?

  5. Diva says:

    Ignore the troll under Tower Bridge…

    Her Womanizer cover was 100 x’s more listenable than Britney’s original! I think her music is excellent. She’s a little immature, I agree, but she’s young, and she’s clearly maturing as she gets older. That doesn’t always happen with people in show biz.

  6. geronimo says:

    @Ned – Pardon us. At least our ‘trash’ can belt out a wicked tune. But thanks for Hilton, all the Hogans, all the Lohans, all the Spears (sorry Brit), Heidi and fuckwit. Want me to continue?

    Lily’s a doll, original and creative, sweet voice, a bit shouty and gobby but hey, she’s her father’s daughter.

  7. geronimo says:

    Aw. unmod me please.

  8. Ned says:

    Hilton, all the Hogans, all the Lohans, all the Spears

    Hilton is no different than your precious Royal family who are seriously dysfunctional and sedpite the money you Brits give them every year- they do nothing, don’t work, do drink and humiliate themselves (and your country).

    At least the Hiltons EARNED their own money and worked for it.

    L. Lohan is indeed – not pretty nor talented, but I have seen British films, and most of them have pretty ugly actresses which sometimes lack talent as well.

    She is, as you said about Lily- only her father’s daughter as well- so if that is some sort of a justification for being trashy- that – the same should apply for La Lohan.

    As for B. Spears- back in the days- she could dance and give a great performance.

    So she had talent and had the ability to entertain the crowd.

    The American trashy celebs (and yes, we do have a few of those) are not proud of it.
    I don’t quite get the same sentiment from the trashy British ones, and there have been a lot of them lately.

  9. Polkasox says:

    Oh there’s trashy celebs from everywhere. And they’re all still around because we love watching the train wreck, makes us feel better about our lives.

    Calling all Brit celebs trashy and untalented is a HUGE generalization. I’m an American and I’m having trouble coming up with too many classy American celebs.

  10. Orangejulius says:

    Hey, Ned. Back off mate. This is a beautiful British woman telling you to stuff it.

  11. CH says:

    Ned- “At least the Hiltons EARNED their own money and worked for it”… Erm which Hiltons would that be??? Clearly not either of the daughters. Talentless is the understatement of the century for those two jokes. & the only royal family they could be compared to is Jim Royals(u won’t get that Ned)

  12. Ned says:

    I agree the Hilton daughters are trashy and lacking talent.
    However, none of your beloved Royal family EARNED a living and they are one exemplary family of dysfunction and embarrassment.

    They have enough dysfuncting members that could have been more than enough for at least 15 families that would be considered “trashy”, and yet you guys pay their bills.

    So, at least the American public is not financing the vapid and shallow Hilton girls.

    I just happened to notice a lot of trashy British celebs lately.
    And they all seem to be pretty proud of their trashy ways, drug usage etc.

    I am wondering why that is. Perhaps people are more proud in not working, and being vapid, because of the example set by the number 1 family of the country?

  13. Cha Cha says:

    I’m right with you, Kaiser. And I do think it’s just her being young and a loud mouth. I think she’s actually kinda punk rock, telling everyone to eff off and not care what anybody thinks, and I’d love to see her to do a harder, edgier album doing just that. lol.

  14. Diva says:

    Awww, you fed the troll!

  15. Kathy says:

    I like Lily a lot, still and after all. She’s very young and still needs to find her place. Must be difficult while everyone’s watching.

    BTW, the pink hair wasn’t a wig…

  16. geronimo says:

    @Ned – chrissakes, Keith Allen, Lily’s father, is an excellent actor (Bodies, Robin Hood), I mentioned him only because she’s very like him in a lairy, opinionated way. How moronic of you to compare him to Lohan senior. You haven’t a clue who anyone is, have you? And who are all these other trashy Brits you’ve noticed lately, out of interest?

    (Diva, sorry, sometimes it’s too hard!)

  17. Ned says:

    I am so sorry for not knowing who some sort of a British actor is.

    I should educate myself more about British celebs and their lairy ways. Robin Hood must be a movie that I need to memorize each and every actor who took part in it.
    How could I have missed Lily’s father?!

    As for the Brits acting trashy, I guess Russell Brand, Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse, than chef who mistreats people as form of entertainment and likes to fight with people, Naomi Campbell…
    I mean even actress that I like- like Keira Nightly, seemed very proud to make that point that she drinks a lot and that she was nursing a headache after a night of partying too much, when she got the call that she was nominated to the GG or the Oscar in a prime time interview in a special.

    So besides every now and then of another embarrassment coming from your so called Royal family, we do get more than enough of vapid and shallow Vic Beckham who’s primary job is to be try to be famous in America and try to be seen as much as possible (or avoid food as much as possible) or her fellow Melanie Brown who got noticed in America for getting pregnant from one man (Eddie Murphy) while marrying another by the end of her pregnancy.

    so I ask you again- is that a cultural thing in England to be proud of your trashy ways?
    Is that a prerequisite?
    Do you think it’s the influence of the family who you all pay their bills for doing nothing (unless being a dysfunctional family is “a job”)?

  18. geronimo says:

    No, Ned, not that you don’t know who he is, that you made the assumption earlier that I was saying he was trashy because he’s lairy and opinionated. Lazy thinking, dull comprehension. You obviously can’t seem to get your head around that idea that what you blanket term as ‘trashy’, I see as having a personality and genuine talent – and that includes Lily, Amy & Russell.

    Yes of course there are no borders when it comes to trashy behaviour, but your idea of trashy and mine are poles apart. If all you’re reading is gossip sites, then your view of Brits abroad is as limited as your endless, mindless repetition of the same arguments over and over again, here and elsewhere.

    And sorry to disappoint you but although I live in London, I’m not British, they’re not ‘my’ royals so I have no need to or interest in defending them.

  19. geronimo says:

    PS. And if you seriously think that the royal family have any influence on anyone or anything, you’re in dire need of help. Apart from the queen (is she trashy too?), they have little or no relevance or influence on anyone.

  20. Ned says:

    lol- I’m in dire need of help because I wonder of the Royal family has influence on British culture.

    I have been to England a couple of time, and the Royal family make the news.
    Their silly behavior is being reported and analyzed as part of the news (not entertainment news).
    Even worst, and that’s really the sad part- that the Beckhams move to the US was also discussed and analyzed by the mainstream news program, which I thought was hilarious and sad.

    As for “having a personality”- everyone has one, and while Amy is talented her serious drug and weight problem is not “a personality” and a positive thing to like about her.

    Being proud of drinking and acting trashy or announcing the sort of things Russell did, is not only childish, questionable and treats women as disposable commodity, it’s also very trashy.

    If that’s not “trashy”, I don’t know what is.

  21. Diva says:

    The troll has a seemingly bottomless gut, you can feed and feed and feed and it still wants more!

  22. Anastasia says:

    Lily Allen who?
    Here in Australia, she is an unknown and the only times she appears on the news is when she’s slurring her words after a ton of alcohol.

  23. Keekee says:

    I probably would need to drink prior to performing in front of thousands of people, too, LOL.

    If we’re talking one drink to loosen up – okay, but if she needs to be buzzed to perform she’s in the wrong line of work.

  24. anonymous says:

    This article is far too extreme, in making Lily Allen sound like a fall down drunk, all the time kind of girl. She’s not somebody, with a drinking problem. (AT ALL!)

  25. anonymous says:

    Lily Allen appears on television in Australia quite a bit ( Rove – G.M.T.V.) & others. Her popularity in oz is pretty good. In fact in was the first country were the Fear went to number 1. She mentioned on Australian television that she gets too much publicity. Her drinking only occurs when people want to call her a drunk, she spends her time sober, during interviews. People only use that against her because they don’t like her. They need to ask themselves why they bother to comment. That’s their problem not hers!!