Lily Allen fist-pumps as she reveals her divorce
A PINK-haired Lily Allen appeared thrilled as she revealed that her divorce from Sam Cooper was finalised three days ago.
The singer, who is thought to have separated from property developer Cooper around two years ago after being married since 2011, also said that she and her ex-husband are still ‘really friendly’.
The news came out as Lily told ITV’s Loose Women about making her new album: ‘It was a bit of a weird circumstance for me. I went through a separation and a divorce, actually, now three days — yay!’
The 33-year-old fist-pumped and laughed as she said ‘yay!’, but later slipped up, calling Cooper ‘my husband’.
The newly divorced couple have two children together — Ethel, six, and Marnie, five — and Lily explained that their custody agreement was quite amicable.
‘Me and my husband share custody of our kids,’ she said. ‘We do a week on and a week off, which actually is really useful for my work, because when he’s got them I can concentrate fully on my work in the studio.’
She added: ‘We both love our kids, we’re both still really friendly, our kids go to school equidistant between both our houses and so it just worked out like that.’
The Smile hitmaker said her new album No Shame, which is released on Friday, has been influenced by her split from Cooper, and also includes a song from the perspective of her daughters.
‘I wrote a song called Three from the perspective of my children. It’s not about my day-to-day existence — it’s more like when I leave to go on tour for periods of time,’ she said, adding ‘half is what I imagine them to be thinking, and half what I project on to them’.
Explaining the album’s title, Allen said it was all about ‘having the confidence to own my own narrative and my work’.
She added: ‘So often people like to attribute my success to the men behind me, whether it’s Mark Ronson or the record company, and it’s quite difficult as a woman to go, “No, I did this, this is my thing.” And sometimes we feel guilty and shameful for being successful, in some ways.’
Author: Lucy Mapstone