Lily Allen: ‘Cutting off Adele’s Brits speech was a metaphor for the industry’s attitude to women’

Allen takes to Twitter to defend the '21' star

Lily Allen has spoken out about the controversial cutting off of Adele‘s Brit Awards acceptance speech.

The currently retired singer took to Twitter to say that she wasn’t surprised that the ’21’ star was cut short during her speech after receiving Mastercard British Album Of The Year. Allen wrote:

I’d rather hear adeles acceptance speech… I can’t say I’m surprised. It was like the music industry’s attitude to women played out as a metaphor.

ITV and the Brit Awards have since apologised to Adele after the Tottenham-born singer flipped her middle finger when host James Corden interrupted her stint at the winner’s podium in order to allow Blur to start their show-closing set.

Corden subsequently said he was “upset” that he had been forced to interrupt the songstress, while Adele has commented on the controversy to confirm that her gesture was aimed at “the suits, not the fans”. To see footage of the incident, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click.

ITV have now released a statement commenting on the fiasco, which reads: “The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the programme was over running and we had to move on. We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption.”

A spokesman for The Brit Awards, meanwhile, said: “We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short this evening due to the live show over-running. We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night’s biggest award. It tops off what’s been an incredible year for her.”

The incident came at the end of a triumphant night for Adele, who also scooped the British Solo Female Artist gong and made her UK live return with a performance of ‘Rolling In The Deep’.