Lily Allen recently blamed being characterized for drinking and drug-taking on “misogyny.” She spoke at a Women Of The World event in London and was as honest and candid as ever.
According to Yahoo, the “Trigger Bang” singer said negative coverage of her personal life stemmed from a hatred of women.
Allen also expressed that socializing with her actor father Keith Allen and his friends and listening to their views on women made her want to escape the “humiliation” of being female.
“I was 21 or 22 so I internalized it all,” the “Smile” hitmaker said about the media coverage following her rise to fame.
“I realized this is just misogyny,” she explained.
“I’ve always been a feminist, so to speak. But I have real daddy issues, and I used to hang out with my dad and his friends a lot. The way that they talked about women was quite derogatory.”
“I wasn’t a girl’s girl because I was trying to avoid the humiliation of being a woman,” Allen unraveled at the Women Of The World event.
“I don’t want to be perceived the way they clearly perceived women. All my friends were boys.”
Allen said the arrival of her two daughters (Ethel and Marnie) gave her an added sense of responsibility and the desire to analyze the place of women in the world.
Last year, she released her fourth studio album, No Shame, which was met with critical acclaim and became her fourth top 10 album in the U.K. and Australia. The autobiographical album discussed the topics of divorce, being a mom, falling in love again, and being lonely. The album was nominated for a Mercury Prize Award, and this year, Allen was nominated for Best British Female Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards.
To support No Shame, Allen went on a world tour. It visited North America, Europe, and Oceania.
In addition to new music, last year Allen also released her first memoir — My Thoughts Exactly. It became a Sunday Times bestseller, which she celebrated via her Twitter account.
She has collaborated with a lot of established names — Mark Ronson, Pink, Professor Green, Common, and T-Pain. Recently, Lily teamed up with London producer and DJ Shy FX on the song “Roll The Dice.”
Lily’s Instagram page recently hit the 1 million followers milestone. On her account, she posts various photos of her fashion looks, behind the scenes photos on tour, and videos of her doing her makeup each night. On Twitter, her account boasts 5.5 million followers.