Lily Allen Talks Three Year Hiatus & New Album in ELLE UK March 2014

Posted Friday January 31, 2014 9:20 AM GMT

She struggled with a lot of drama that forced her to take a break from the music scene in 2010, and now Lily Allen opens up about her three-year hiatus in the March 2014 issue of ELLE UK magazine.

The "Not Fair" songstress adorned herself in designer garbs from Miu Miu and Givenchy for the David Vasiljevic-shot spread while discussing her time away and even shared some details about her upcoming album Hard Out There.

Highlights from Miss Allen's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to visit ELLE UK!

On Hard Out There:
"[The album is about] Female empowerment – being a mum and doing the right thing when they’re babies. But about ownership of your sexuality, too."

On her life before her break:
"[When I left the music scene], I was physically and mentally exhausted and really pissed off. This was pre-phone hacking scandal, so those lines hadn’t been drawn. People just didn’t give a sh*t, and there weren’t any barriers. I did feel at that time that I wanted to leave and never come back. I wanted to concentrate on making a family. I’ve done that. I love that. I thought I’d be better suited to that. I love my kids and I wouldn’t trade them in for any-thing – no mother would – but I’m not the sort of person who can sit at home and look after them all day.’

On her big return to music:
"I hate speaking about myself in the third person, but it’s helpful here. Lily Allen has found it quite difficult and stressful trying to reconnect. And Lily Cooper is happy because she’s not sitting at home playing with toys and speak- ing with two human beings that can’t speak back. There was avoid.I’m a creative person, I like to speak my mind. Making music is the perfect vehicle for that. It would be different if I was on 'Made In Chelsea' – that isn’t a vessel for creativity. I need somewhere to put my…stuff."

On her body confidence:
"Of course I’d rather look like Kate Moss than look like myself. ‘I wish I didn’t feel like that and I think the reason we feel like that is because of the imagery we’re fed all the time. Women are still expected, in some weird way, to kind of sit there and look pretty, and not talk. So often, when women say things that are outspoken, or as I call it just saying things, people jump on that and try to make us look stupid for having an opinion. That doesn’t happen with men. Come on, we’ve done feminism. People are aware of it. Can it just happen now?"

Photo Credit: David Vasiljevic for ELLE UK

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