The verbal catfight between Lily Allen and Elton John at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday was grossly blown out of proportion, Allen says in her MySpace blog. John's jabs about the young singer's drinking, and her quips about the pop icon's age, were nothing more than onstage banter, she asserts.
"Elton John and I are friends," she wrote. "I was honoured when Elton asked me to present the GQ Awards with him this year in association with Elton's AIDS foundation. Not only was it for a good cause, but who would say no to Elton?"
During the show John, 61, reportedly called out the 23-year-old for drinking while co-hosting the celeb-filled bash. "I'm not defending my drunkenness because I don't need to," Allen says. "I'm 23; it was an awards ceremony; I drank the free champagne. How awful of me."
She goes on to say the notion that she and John were fighting was really the work of "bitter journos" trying to stir the pot by mischaracterizing their comments. "Trying to create a feud ... and trying to make me out as being some rude little girl with a drink problem is just unfair.
"Elton and I exchanged jokes and there were no hard feelings at all," she continues. "In fact, neither of us gave it a second thought."
In the blog entry, Allen also airs her feelings about the media and the treatment they've given her since the incident. "All these showbiz journalists are just bullies when it comes down to it. I have felt really very bullied this week."
At Tuesday's event, The Times of London also reported that Allen blurted out the previously secret news that her brother Alfie was engaged to his girlfriend, actress Jaime Winstone. But Allen says this was another exaggeration. "Alfie and Jamie had never been engaged," she wrote. "Jamie and I are the best of friends, and I was just winding Alfie up. He's my little brother, and that's what siblings do."