Over the weekend, Lily Allen announced in an Instagram post, “I slept with female escorts when I was on tour, cause I was lost and lonely and looking for something.” She continued, “I’m not proud, but I’m not ashamed. I don’t do it anymore.” The singer explained that someone had leaked portions of her upcoming autobiography, My Thoughts Exactly, to the Daily Mail and that as a result, an article about her experiences with sex workers was about to publish. So, Allen said, she wanted to get ahead of the story.

Sure enough, on Saturday, the Daily Mail ran an article headlined, “Lily Allen admits she paid for sex with female escorts while on tour following the breakdown of her marriage to Sam Cooper.”

An avalanche of tabloid stories followed. On Tuesday, she attempted to counter the developing media narrative during an interview with the Australian TV show The Project. “It’s not, like, steamy, raunchy, although that’s what the tabloids have made it out to be, as a ‘lesbian prostitute sex romp’–which I guess it was, in a way,” she said. “But it was more about a period of time that I was feeling incredibly lonely and sort of at my wits end. I was looking for anything. Looking for an outlet.”

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Lily Allen’s ‘defense’ of seeing a sex worker is kinda unfortunate and also fucking amazing? by Tracy Clark-Flory

Sept. 5th, 2018