Lily Allen Keeps It Real, But Still Googles Her Name

British singer looks at fame, family and sex on new LP, It's Not Me, It's You.

[artist id="2389411"]Lily Allen[/artist] is pretty happy these days.

That might fly in the face of a lot of things you might have read about her — that she's lonely, she's miserable, she's trapped by fame — but to hear her tell it, things couldn't be much better.

"I'd say right now, I'm pretty damn happy. I'm pretty pleased with myself right now," she laughed. "When people interview pop stars, this is it: 'Look at my teeth, they're really shiny! And I'm sooo happy to be here right now, and I just love all my fans and I just want to thank everyone for being sooo nice to me all the time and my life is just brilliant!' And because I'm not like that, people think I'm sad. I'm not ... I'm just me."

Of course, that me also warrants plenty of tabloid coverage — the catfights with Katy Perry (which Allen says is "nothing ... She called me fat once), the spat with Elton John, the boozy nights out and about — and shapes the public's perception of her. Which is why she decided to call her new album It's Not Me, It's You.

"There's a guy called Mike Skinner [who records under the name] the Streets, and he did a record that basically talked about how awful it was to be rich and famous, and I found that really boring," she explained. "It would be easy [for me] to do it because it's something I feel, but I'm always aware when I'm writing songs that other people have got to be able to relate to them. There aren't that many famous people in the world, and there definitely aren't that many famous people who are going to buy my record."

It's an album very much about the trials and tribulations of Allen's (very public) life: the late nights ("Everyone's At It"); the tattered relationships, both romantic ("Never Gonna Happen"), and with her family ("Back To The Start," "He Wasn't There"); the pitfalls of celebrity ("22," the first single "The Fear"). But in a funny way — and in perhaps the biggest testament to her burgeoning skill as a songwriter — it's a universal album. Allen might be a much-hounded celeb with a string of exes and a gaggle of Internet haters, but as it turns out, she's not that much different from any other 23-year-old woman.

"That's what I try to do," she said. "If you look at a song like 'Chinese,' it's about how, when people go away from home, they just want to be back on the sofa eating [take-out food] and watching TV — that's it. Or a song like 'Not Fair' ... I think probably quite a lot of girls feel unsatisfied by their boyfriends in bed, I do. I write songs about it, and I think girls relate to that."

But, of course, this is Lily Allen we're talking about. So even if she's telling exceedingly normal tales, there's always a bit of a twist. For example, when asked about celebrity and how she handles it on a daily basis, she doesn't give a stock answer. Rather, she thinks about it for a minute, then laughs.

"I have no control over most of it. But, to be honest, I Google myself," she smiled. "But I do it to see if people are writing bullsh--, so I can sue them. I Google myself to send stuff to my lawyers."