Allen Blames Parents For Love Woes
Singer Lily Allen blames her parents for the state of her love life, insisting a lack of attention when she was a child has made her too needy.
The Smile hitmaker has a string of failed relationships behind her and recently split from millionaire art dealer Jay Jopling, after a month-long romance.
And she is convinced her desperation to please any potential suitors stems from her early life.
Allen says, "We were quite naughty kids. (My brother) Alfie was really bad, I just went into myself. I was a polite sort of cowering child. I didn't talk much, I spoke to adults but not to anyone my own age.
"In the beginning I was so insecure and felt like I couldn't make friends. I totally felt 'everyone hates me and I need to prove myself', and I thought 'if I'm a famous singer, everyone's gonna love me and my life's gonna be OK'. I didn't realise I would be opening myself up to more criticism."
The star's parents, Keith Allen and Alison Owen, split when she was four years old and, following the departure of her father from the family home, Owen was forced to work all the hours possible - something that had a profound impact on the young singer.
She adds, "My mum had to work to support us and we lacked the attention we needed as children, which I think is one of the fundamental problems in our society. I'm not saying women shouldn't go and work for a living - that's not the answer - but something has to adjust because children are being neglected on an emotional level and it's having an effect on the world."