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Lily Allen taking time out for baby
July 1, 2010, 12:30 pm
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Lily Allen has taken a break from music because she is ready to have a baby.

The singer – who is currently dating builder Sam Cooper, 31 – admits she has put her pop career on hold so she can fulfill her dream of becoming a mother.

And Lily has scoffed at claims that, at 25, she is too young to devote herself to become a mother.

She said in an interview with Elle magazine: “I don’t think I’m that young to have a baby. My mother had me when she was 23. It’s difficult as a woman who wants a family.

“Kids take up your whole life, particularly in the first two or three years. So it wouldn’t be very responsible of me to commit to doing a world tour if I had a baby.”

However, at last weekend’s Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, South West England, Lily sparked rumors she was already expecting by steering well clear of cigarettes and alcohol.

An onlooker told BANG Showbiz: “Lily spent the whole night sat on a deck chair wrapped up in a poncho canoodling with Sam.

“She didn’t touch a drop of alcohol and not one cigarette passed her lips all night.”

The ‘Smile’ singer – who was left heartbroken after suffering a miscarriage with then-boyfriend Ed Simons’ baby in January 2008 – recently announced she was taking an extended break from pop music and was hoping to have a baby with the first year of her sabbatical.

She said: “It’ll be a minimum of four or five years before I make a record again. I’d like to have a child within a year.

“I know what commitment it takes to release an album. I don’t think that mixes well with the idea of settling down and having children, which is ultimately my goal and more of a priority than flying around the world.”

Lily Allen hopes to “fade into oblivion”
June 12, 2010, 5:05 pm
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Lily Allen who recently said she was giving up her music career to focus on a new fashion venture – says she hopes her future will see her being less and less involved in public life.

She said: “I hope in a year’s time I’m not gonna be asked to awards and I won’t be nominated because I haven’t put anything out there. And hopefully I can fade into oblivion.”

Discussing her plans for the next year, the ‘Not Fair’ hitmaker says she plans to have children with her boyfriend Sam Cooper and stay away from the limelight.

She told Britain’s Glamour magazine: “I plan to have children in the next year, and because people have stopped buying music, the only way to make money is on tour and I’m just not willing to do that with babies around.

“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, suddenly I have a sense of who I am. Having Sam around gives me confidence and makes me feel I’ve got him to lean on, whereas before I felt really lonely. Like it was me fighting the rest of the world, really. I don’t feel like I’m fighting anyone any more. I don’t feel defensive or aggressive, just pretty leveled out.”

Lily Allen Isn’t a Fan of 90’s Pop Culture
June 10, 2010, 2:19 pm
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She may be “retired” but that hasn’t stopped Lily Allen from lashing out at the Spice Girls and S Club 7.

The outspoken singer claimed she was “irritated” by pop culture in the 1990s and early 2000s in an interview with the Sky Arts channel.

“Well the music was rubbish. Well these are the days of bands like S Club 7 and the Spice Girls.”

“I mean they are great for what they were but for someone who read a lot of books and engaged in conversation with people quite a lot, I felt if I’m going to be a pop star I want to be a real pop star and I want to say real things.”

Allen is no stranger to starting up pop feuds – the Smile singer has been involved in a war of words with the likes of Girls Aloud’s Cheryl Cole and Courtney Love in the past.

Lily Allen To Take Five Year Break
February 27, 2010, 10:53 pm
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Lily Allen is getting ready to take a planned hiatus and insists it will be a long time before she releases another album.

Lily – who won the Giving It Back Fan prize at the NME Awards last night (25.02.10) – said: “I’m not making another album for a bit. Maybe in five years.”

The 24-year-old pop star has decided to step away from the music business because she doesn’t want to go on tour because she is considering starting a family.

Speaking to UK TV show ‘Live From Studio Five’, she said: “It’s a really big commitment to do an album these days. People don’t buy music anymore, they download it and want their content for free – the thing that makes you your money is touring and I don’t really want to tie myself down to being on the road for three years. I’ve got a boyfriend and I’ve got a house and I’d quite like to have children soon. So it doesn’t really work into those plans.

“It’s not retiring. I’m just doing a different job for a bit. I’m having a career change. I just want to stay in London for a while. It’s not a particularly healthy lifestyle being on the road.”

She said at the time: “I’m just going to concentrate on doing some behind the scenes sort of stuff. My last concert is in March. That’s the last thing I’ve got planned.”

Lily Allen Gets Writer’s Block
October 31, 2009, 2:33 pm
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Lily Allen is quitting music due to lack of life to write about.

The “Fear” singer informed BANG Showbiz: “I’m definitely taking a break. I’ve been on the road for nearly five years so I’m tired and I need a break. I’ve written about just about everything that’s happened in my life so I feel like I need to go out and live a little bit more and then I’ll see what I’m going to do.”

Since announcing her retirement, the 24-year-old star – who won Best Track for her single ‘The Fear’ at the Q Awards in London yesterday (26.10.09) – has been rumored to have landed a role in ‘Reasons to be Pretty’, a stage production in London’s West End.

Although she wouldn’t confirm the speculation, the star says she is open to anything during her hiatus.

She said: “I might be doing the play, it isn’t confirmed yet. I’m just keeping all my options open.”

Lily Allen Blasted For Getting Political
October 13, 2009, 10:54 pm
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Lily Allen has been blasted for being political as seen by Reverend.

Reverend and the Makers frontman Jon McClure – nicknamed The Rev – hit out at the singer for her stance against file sharing, insisting she should campaign for bigger issues.

He told BANG Showbiz: “We’ve got war in Iraq, Afghanistan, bankers are taking the p**s, plus we’re melting the ice caps. There’s a lot to be angry about.

“What upsets me is last week Lily Allen came out and said, ‘We’ve got to campaign against file sharing. We’re going to tell politicians to shut down kids’ internets. What a crying shame it is that all you can get angry or upset about is kids taking your music.

“The thing with Lily is, I think when you get your nipples out in a magazine and you’re trying to make serious political comment with the government, you’re putting yourself in a silly position.”

The rocker urged the 24-year-old ‘Smile’ singer to reevaluate her priorities and put her public profile to better use.

He added: “I stole Lily Allen’s album and there’s nothing she can do about it. People think I’m a communist because I’ve got these views, but I’m not. I’m not saying people can’t earn a living, but let’s be fair. You’ve got millions of pounds, there’s things happening that are far more important than that.”

Do you think just because artists make a living off of the industry, that it is ok to illegally download their music?

Lily Allen Sounds Amazing On Letterman
April 25, 2009, 11:52 am
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Lily Allen performed her latest hit, ‘The Fear’ last evening on David Letterman. She looked great, sounded fantastic, and proves that life is better without drugs.