I never go out to be photographed, never. I go to events because they’re fun.
– Lily Allen
But Dad and I are the only father-and-daughter acts who have both had No. 1 songs in England.
I like to be able to get up and go and buy a pint of milk without bumping into 20 people I know.
I’m just not a private person. It’s not like I do things because I want things to be public; it’s just that’s my way of expressing myself, and I happen to be very famous.
Yeah, I was a florist. I went to floristry school.
I think I’m like Marmite; you either love me or you hate me.
Sometimes I wish I was just a girl in an indie band. I could dance around on stage and it wouldn’t be so much about me.
I refuse to put make-up on just because the paparazzi are on my doorstep. I find it morally wrong.
I’m opinionated, but I’m not a vindictive person and I never say anything unprovoked, either.
I’ve always listened to music, since I was really, really young.
I think the whole, like, cultural diversity and the arty side of London is really, really great. And how it’s so historic as well.
I studied voice when I was at school, and I was in the chamber choir, and I studied music theory as well, so I guess a lot of it came from being taught at school.
I hang out with models, the biggest pop stars and, you know, really and honestly, I hate saying this, but none of them are achieving those body shapes by being healthy.
I don’t see myself as a role model; people should look to mothers and sisters as role models.
I think as long as you’re not being malicious and you’re not hurting people then you should not be ashamed of what you do.
I wasn’t into anything at school. I used to get really embarrassed. I used to get asked to do performing things, and I’d go to all the rehearsals, and then I’d pretend to be ill on the day I had to actually perform. I was very unhappy at school.
I think of myself as quite a confused kind of person, because I think there’s so many great things about the world, but there are so many awful things too. I feel very guilty a lot of the time about enjoying my life so much when there are people living in such misery.
I just felt like I couldn’t deal with the everyday responsibilities of life, paying bills and all of that. I’m terrible at all of that. So I knew I had to make enough money to pay someone else to deal with all of that.
I love MySpace; it’s done an amazing job for me and it’s been insane over the past couple of weeks, but I’m not a poster girl for them.
Because of piracy there has been a massive downturn in people buying music, which makes it more difficult for artists to make money from the sale of records.
I don’t care what people think of me now, so why would I care when I’m dead?
I don’t really see how any song can not feel contrived if it isn’t honest, and how could I write honest songs if I don’t write about stuff going on in my life and how I’m feeling?
When a music teacher that I had at school was taken ill and we had a variety show and I had to fill in – that’s when I realized I had a voice.
You have to be in love with yourself before anyone else can fall in love with you; to be happy with yourself.