Lily Allen has launched more of her characteristic barbs at the superficiality she says is rampant in the world of pop music. Allen slammed her peers and fellow pop-stars as “a bunch of sterile f-cking Botoxed idiots” in the latest issue of Esquire Magazine, whose cover Allen appears on this month.
“I’d had enough of people constantly hacking at me,” Allen told the magazine when asked about the motivations behind her time away from the music industry, during which she gave birth to two children. “And I think once you’re exhausted physically and mentally, it does get you down.”
“I thought the people in that showbiz circle were my friends,” the singer continued, “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…[instead they] ostracise other people.”
“I feel blessed to be able to recognise that but at the same time it can still feel pretty shit what you walk into a room full of people and you can feel the eyes looking at you and people laughing,” Allen added, likening the curel situation in the music industry to bullying in a school. She added:
“It’s hard for me because I will eternally feel like that little bullied girl at school, because that’s what I was. I feel like when I was growing up and dreaming of being a popstar, 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 and it wasn’t fake, it was real.”
“So excuse me if I found it a bit disappointing when I arrived and it was a bunch of sterile f-cking Botoxed idiots that stank of desperation,” the singer concluded. Allen stirred controversy earlier this year with the video for her comeback single, Hard Out Here, which some criticised as racist.