Lily Allen has officially announced that she is making a comeback.
The 28-year-old “Smile” singer gave her last performance for two and half years in September 2010 at Wembley Stadium in London during a Muse concert. A year earlier, she announced that she was considering a career in acting and that she would not be renewing her record contract. She also said that she had “no plans” to make another album.
Instead of pursuing acting, Allen, who briefly changed her name to Lily Rose Cooper, decided to focus on starting her family. After suffering her second miscarriage in two years in 2010, Allen gave birth to daughter Ethel Mary Cooper on November 25, 2011. In July 2012, she confirmed that she was expecting another child, and gave birth to daughter Marnie Rose Cooper in January 2013.
However, Allen didn’t completely abandon music during her hiatus. In January 2011, she launched her own record label, In The Name Of, with financial backing from Sony Music. The first act signed to the label was the New York noise pop duo Cults. She also wrote songs for the musical version of Bridget Jones’s Diary, which opened in London’s West End in 2012.
Allen has been working on her third studio album since June 2012, but hinted that she wouldn’t be releasing any new music until next spring. But the singer recently changed her Twitter handle from her married name back to Lily Allen, and wrote in her bio, “I have been making babies, i have been making songs. Stand by…” She finally officially announced her return to music the morning of August 30.
Lily Allen’s last album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, was released in February 2009. Her debut album, Alright, Still, was released in July 2006. She also recently appeared on the song “True Love” on Pink’s most recent album, The Truth About Love.