Lily Allen criticises father Keith Allen for derogatory attitude towards women

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Lily Allen (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Lily Allen has hit out at her dad Keith for the derogatory way he used to speak about women.

In an interview with Killing Eve star Jodie Comer for Stylist magazine, the singer said that the way her dad and his friends would talk about women made her want to grow up avoiding being female.

"When I was growing up I had a very fragmented relationship with my dad,” said Allen.

"The way he spoke about women with his friends was quite derogatory so I tried to avoid being a woman.”

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Keith Allen (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

However, since the birth of her two daughters, Allen now feels differently about women.

"I didn't really bond with women and I felt jealous of women. Then, when I had my two girls I was like, 'OK, I guess you're going to have to start liking women now, Lily.’ But it's been a complete blessing,” she said.

The singer went on to explain to Comer that she previously wasn’t able to support other women and would feel threatened by their talent, citing Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BBC series Fleabag as a prime example of something that would have made her jealous.

“At the beginning of my career there were only meant to be a few places for women in the industry, so you didn’t support each other because they were going to come and take your bread and butter.

Singer Lily Allen poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards in London, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

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“I feel completely the opposite now. 10, 15 years ago watching Fleabag would have irritated me because it would have meant there was this really talented woman out there writing stuff and that would have been a threat, you know?”

But now she’s pleased that women are able to support each other in today’s society.

“It’s lovely that the world is changing and that we can all support each other a bit more,” she said. “I’m just grateful that I’m not the person I was when I was grump bitch.”