Piers Morgan accuses Lily Allen of ‘harassing’ him as she slates his stance on mental health

Emma Powell
Mocking: Controversial Piers Morgan: Rex Features

Piers Morgan has accused Lily Allen of harassing him after they got into a Twitter spat over mental health.

Morgan, 52, claimed that Denise Welch used his name to ‘stay relevant’ after she accused the Good Morning Britain presenter of not taking mental health seriously.

Tweeting a link to an interview the actress gave in which she slammed Morgan, he wrote: “I’ve noticed Ms Welch does this whenever she hasn’t been in the papers for a while. And it’s been a while...”

Allen jumped to Welch’s defence, accusing Morgan of double standards. She tweeted: “Lol, that you think you’re so press worthy. I can think of a billion other ways @RealDeniseWelch could drum up some interest if she was that way inclined. Her incredibly successful son being one of them [...].

Outrage: Singer Lily Allen defended Denise Welch (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)

“And anyway from someone whose entire career is based on using other people’s names and experiences to bring in the bacon. This is a bit, meh. #teamdenise (sic).”

Keen to have the last word, Morgan shared an image of Allen appearing to touch his crotch.

He captioned the post: “Morning @lilyallen. I preferred you when you just harassed me in the flesh.”

Welch hit out at Morgan as she promoted Black Eyed Susan, her short film on depression, during a BUILD London talk.

She lambasted Morgan's previous comments on Will Young, who he claimed had “WNTS - Whiny Needy Twerp Syndrome” after he opened up about his battle from Post-traumatic stress disorder.

Welch said: “You’ve got somebody who is just about to be prepared to talk about their condition because they’ve kept it a secret. They’ve maybe felt suicidal.

“They’ve kept it a secret from their family and friends, but they’ve at last been able to find the courage in a quiet, timid voice to say, ‘This is how I’m feeling’.

“What he did in that one tweet was he closed them down and said, ’Don’t do it, because we are going to take the f****** p*** out of you’. He shut all those people down who don’t have a voice.

“He has six million Twitter followers and it’s outrageous.”