Lily Allen in Twitter row over Rita Ora’s Prince tribute

Ora had posted a tribute to the late music icon, calling him a "dear kind friend"

Lily Allen was engaged in a Twitter row last night (April 21) following her response to fellow pop star Rita Ora‘s tribute to Prince.

As reported, Prince was found dead by police at his Paisley Park home yesterday afternoon. He was 57.

Following the news, Ora posted a message on Twitter and Instagram, calling Prince her “dear kind friend” while remembering their “dance-offs” and the “laughter we shared”.

Allen then responded to Ora’s tweet, since deleted, saying: “pics or it never happened”. After Ora’s fans reacted negatively to her comments, perceiving them to have been a slight to the star, Allen later clarified: “I didn’t mean that in a mean way, I’m just jealous [Ora was] so close to my idol.”

However, Allen’s apology did not deter her from criticism from Twitter users, among them The Only Way Is Essex cast member Vas J Morgan, who reacted angrily to the comments and accused the singer of “constantly attack[ing] women”. “Stop taking your insecurities out on others. It’s a horrible quality,” he tweeted.

Other Twitter users echoed his sentiments and Allen has subsequently deleted her tweet.

Tributes to Prince have ranged far and wide with President Barack Obama stating “Today, the world lost a creative icon” and musicians including Madonna, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Katy Perry leading the tributes.

Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger also paid tribute to Prince following the star’s death.

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher dedicated ‘Live Forever’ to Prince at his Glasgow show, while Mumford & Sons and The 1975 also paid tribute to Prince at their gigs last night.