Singer Lily Allen has spoken out about how she used to sleep for days to avoid having to eat during he twenties.
The Somewhere Only We Know popstar talked candidly about her unhealthy relationship with food and her body as she grew up as she appeared on today’s morning edition of Lorraine.
Allen, 33, opened up to host Lorraine Kelly after admitting her battle with her own body image was anything but positive: ‘I used to sleep for days so that I didn’t eat.’
‘My relationship with my body was really not great in my twenties,’ she confessed.
Life, she says, was harder when she was younger and breaking onto the music scene; as fame meant a lot more attention and pressure: ‘There were things, questionable outfits and twitter spats.
‘I’ve written a book which lays it all bare, so when they (daughters Ethel, 6, and Marnie, 5) hit their teenage years and say, “Mum, you’re so embarrassing”, I can say, “Just listen to this!”‘
The singer, who released her latest album last week called No Shame, says it doesn’t sugar coat things and cites how she’s grown as a person: ‘It’s a very honest record (No Shame). It’s four years in the making and it’s really good!
‘I was like 19 or 20 when Smile came out. I was 25 or 26 when I had Ethel, I did all those things under a microscope, and there were some fun elements, but it was pretty intense at times.
‘I think I presented myself in quite a defiant way, I didn’t want to care, but it felt like people came down on my three times as hard.’
She says being a popstar and parent can be a challenge, in terms of finding time to raise and spend time with your kids: ‘On my last album my kids were really small. I was spending really long periods away, and late nights on tour buses,’ she recalled.
‘As much fun as that life is, you wake up in the middle of nowhere to Facetime your little ones,’ which is something she’s glad to have left behind – especially when kids were young.
No Shame is Allen’s fourth studio album, after successes with Alright, Still debuting in 2006, It;s Not Me, It’s You in 2009, and Sheezus in 2014.