Lily Allen: ‘I don’t want to be silent. Women have been silenced for millennia’

“As a woman, I’m not meant to be an angel or a saint or a martyr or to have faultless encyclopaedic answers all the time”

Lily Allen has written an emotional response to Twitter trolls attempting to silence her, arguing that she refuses “to be bullied or backed into a corner”.

Allen has often come under fire on sociably, most notably in 2016 when she ‘apologised on behalf of the UK’ after witnessing the appalling conditions for child refugees in the Calais ‘jungle‘. In her new memoir, My Thoughts Exactly, has hit out at the bullies who “hijack” her feed to share abusive messages.

“I don’t react well to being bullied or backed into a corner,” wrote Allen. “I don’t want to be silent. That’s why I keep tweeting – even though my Twitter feed is hijacked by people tweeting hateful comments – many of them sexist.

Allen continued: “I don’t want to be silent. Women have been silenced for millennia, and I’m not going to be part of that. I want to speak up, and if that means I sometimes get it wrong, then then I should be able to correct myself, apologise, move on and still carry on speaking up.”

Allen added: “As a woman, I’m not meant to be an angel or a saint or a martyr or to have faultless encyclopaedic answers all the time. I’m a woman only, and like all women, I don’t ask for special treatment. Like all women, I just ask not to be repressed or silenced.”

My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen is out now.

The book also sees Allen discuss her past relationship and fight with The Streets’ Mike Skinner – which also featured an altercation being broken up by her friends Kasabian.

Lily Allen on tour

Allen’s upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates in support of her acclaimed and Mercury nominated 2018 album ‘No Shame‘ are below. Tickets are available here.

Tuesday December 11 2018 – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Thursday December 13 2018 – GLASGOW Barrowland
Friday December 14 2018 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Sunday December 16 2018 – MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Monday December 17 2018 – LONDON Roundhouse

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