'Hard Out Here' singer hits out at showbiz culture in magazine interview
Lily Allen has hit out at showbiz culture, calling her famous peers “Botoxed celebrity idiots”.
In an interview with Esquire, she noted her disappointment with current stars for not being as exciting as the ones she grew up admiring.
She said: “I feel like when I was growing up and dreaming of being a pop star, it was the days of Britpop when things felt authentic and anarchic and people were taking drugs and having a lot of fun and having sex with each other. So excuse me if I found it a bit disappointing when I arrived and it was a bunch of sterile fucking Botoxed idiots that stank of desperation.”
She went on to compare life as a celebrity making her feel like a “little bullied girl at school”, and her unhappiness with the music industry being the reason she chose to retire, albeit temporarily, from music in 2010. “I thought the people in that showbiz circle were my friends. But almost the second I got pregnant and I wasn’t able to go out and party, they were suddenly quite nasty. There’s a way that those people survive and it’s not by being nice. The way they make themselves feel powerful is to ostracise other people.”
She continued: “I’d had enough of people constantly hacking at me and I think once you’re exhausted physically and mentally, it does get you down. It can feel pretty shit when you walk into a room full of people and you can feel the eyes looking at you and people laughing.”
Allen, who went to No 1 earlier this year with a cover of Keane‘s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and No 9 with comeback single proper ‘Hard Out Here’ is yet to announce full details of her third album. Speaking to NME at Red Bull’s Revolutions In Sound event in November, she said it would be released in 2014, although did joke she was going to rush-release it before Christmas.