On May 2nd Lily Allen turned 29, and she celebrated the event by releasing her third studio album. It’s called Sheezus, which is a female variation on the title of Kanye West’s 2013 album, Yeezus. Sheezus comes more than four years after Lily Allen’s previous album, It’s Not Me, It’s You. We asked her why she had taken such a long break from the music industry:
Lily Allen (Standard British accent)
Essentially, I just fell in love with my husband. And, you know, I didn’t know that he was going to be my husband at that point, but I wanted to find that out. And he works in London, and he doesn’t have the kind of job that he can just, you know, get his laptop and come flying around the world. And, you know, I think it’s a big part of my life, is my family and being in love. And so I wanted to explore that. And I was tired, you know. I was sick of the press and the intrusion, and I wanted to have children. I didn’t think I really knew what I was going to do, so I just said: “I’m going!” But hey, now I’m back!
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
So has motherhood changed her life?
Lily Allen (Standard British accent)My drive is completely different. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I think about is my children – mainly because they’ve woken me up! It’s like your life being turned completely upside down, for the better , you know. You’re less selfish , you realise , you know, you sort of have a purpose, and things have a little bit more meaning and depth all of the sudden . I’m not saying this is the same for everybody, but, you know, for me at least that’s what effect it’s had on my life.
The cover of Sheezus shows Lily Allen in high heels sitting outside a luxury home in Los Angeles, surrounded by corgis. We asked her to explain:
I think in this day and age – in music – none of us have control over what’s happening, how people are consuming music, whether people even buy music anymore! So I think, all I can do is just have as much fun with what it is that I’m doing because I don’t know how long it’s going to last. So, I want to dress up and put blonde extensions in my hair, and have dogs: if somebody’s going to pay for them. It’s funny. Why not!
One of the album’s tracks is called “Silver Spoon,” a reference to the English expression “ to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth ,” which describes a privileged upbringing . Lily Allen comes from a very middle-class background, even if her husband is a builder and decorator . We asked her about the British obsession with social class:
People are very judgmental in this country. People can be pretty nasty , especially, where sort of class and your background is concerned, you know. People are either snobs or they’re inverse snobs or… I don’t know, just everyone has to be kind of labeled and put in a bracket . People aren’t just given the freedom to exist, you know.