Yes, Lily Allen used the b-word – but it’s not what you think. In a new interview, the British singer and mother of two small girls said she came out of self-imposed retirement because she found life with her babies too boring.
“I didn’t get … I mean, I’m not bored by my children. Actually, I am, you know,” she told Hello! magazine. “The oldest one has only just started talking now. So it was really hard because you’re spending all day, every day, with two human beings that can’t communicate back to you.”
When she married builder Sam Cooper in June 2011 and had daughter Ethel that November, she changed her name to Lily Cooper and said she would be living the quiet life and focusing on her family. Daughter Marni arrived in January 2013.
However, she told Hello, “for someone like me, when my whole existence is about communicating and response and reaction, it was quite frustrating. I felt like I needed to get out and do something else with my time.” Hence the professional name change back to Lily Allen and a brand new album, Sheezus.
Getting the family she wanted had been a struggle for Allen, now 28, who suffered a miscarriage in 2008 when she was expecting a baby with Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers. After she started dating Cooper she announced she was pregnant but at six months contracted a viral infection and gave birth to a stillborn boy.
At the time, all she wanted was to spend time at home with her kids. “I thought I’d be a really happy mum just sitting at home, playing with my kids, that was my dream,” she told France’s NRJ Radio.
“I love my children, but I’m a very impatient, busy person naturally so two babies, neither of them can talk, it was quite boring! Staying at home all day talking to people that can’t talk back.”
She’s always been outspoken but still it’s brave of her to say what a lot of mums sometimes think. Can you relate?