Lily Allen is a 'normal' mother despite celeb status

16 November 2013 / 2 years 11 months ago

Lily Allen is a hands-on mother.

The singer - who has daughters Ethel, two, and Marnie, 10 months, with husband Sam Cooper - makes sure she is home in good time so she can be a "normal mum".

She told The Sun newspaper: "I generally try to get back at 4 or 5pm and do dinner and bathtime and the things that normal mums do."

However, the 28-year-old star admitted she struggled to "connect" with herself after the birth of Marnie and found it more difficult than it was after her first daughter.

She added: "It wasn't until I stopped breastfeeding that I started to connect with myself again. It was much harder than in the past."

Meanwhile, Lily has had to defend her new single 'Hard Out Here' after claims her raunchy new video - which sees a group of black women jiggling their bottoms - is racist, but she has insisted she chose the dangers based on their talent.

She recently said: "If anyone thinks for a second that I requested specific ethnicities for the video, they're wrong.

"If anyone thinks that after asking the girls to audition, I was going to send any of them away because of the colour of their skin, they're wrong."

Lily Allen also found it "really difficult" to make new music when she was pregnant.

She returned to the music scene after a four-year break, but insists it was "much harder" to make her as-yet untitled third studio album because she couldn't concentrate on anything other than her kids.

Speaking at the Red Bull Revolutions in Sound event at the EDF Energy London Eye - where she performed her new single 'Hard Out Here' live for the first time - she said: "At first it was really, really difficult because I was pregnant when I was making it [her new album], with my second baby.

"For a long time I found it really difficult and it wasn't until I stopped breastfeeding that I started to connect with myself again, so it was hard, much harder than it has been in the past."

'The Fear' hitmaker has come under fire for the controversial video to her comeback track 'Hard Out Here', in which she mocks distasteful music and also appears to poke fun at singer Miley Cyrus as she attempts to twerk, but the brunette beauty insists she never intended to mock the former Disney star. 

She said: "My video has absolutely nothing to do with Miley Cyrus, it wasn't a direct response to anything that she's done ... Robin Thicke however, it was."

Lily wowed viewers and fans when she performed 'Hard Out Here' in a pod on the EDF Energy London Eye at Red Bull Revolutions in Sound, a celebration of UK club culture with 30 of the most legendary club nights in 30 capsules, last night. Her performance was also streamed live on

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