Brit-pop bad girl Lily Allen has been talking about quitting the music business, marrying rich and starting a family for a while now, and her cyber-activity today seems to indicate she’s not joking around.
After telling fans, “I have not renegotiated my record contract and have no plans to make another record” on her anti-music piracy blog It’s Not Alright, she proceeded to delete the entire blog.
She hasn’t cut herself off entirely from the public, however. A few hours later she tweeted, “I’m proud of the fact that that I’ve been involved with this [music piracy] debate,” but said she had to “shut down the blog [because] the abuse was getting too much.”
The flack she’s receiving from fans comes on the heels of a Twitter feud between her and Perez Hilton, which got real nasty when she spoke recently about her desire to have children, and Perez blogged “Lily Allen + Motherhood = Disaster!!!” — knowing full well Allen had suffered a miscarriage just the year before.
Allen acknowledged that suffocating publicity played a role in her decision—her post mentions the “slagging” she has received for her music, her persona and the family connections some people claim are responsible for her fame.
“The days of me making money from recording music has been and gone as far as I’m concerned,” she wrote, which sounds like a fairly final decision, although one her publicist doesn’t seem to agree with. He told NME.com, “She is not quitting pop music. She is not thinking about her next album right now because she is still in the middle of promoting her current record.”
What do you think? Is Lily Allen really done with the music biz? Do you believe her or her spokesman? If she does quit, how much of a role do you think negative press coverage played into her decision? And if it turns out she really is done after a mere two albums, do you even care?
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