By Zachary Swickey
Surprise, surprise! It appears Lily Allen may have spoke too soon about enjoying a life of retirement, as the Brit pop songstress is hinting at an eventual return to the stage.
Talking with BBC’s Test Match Special, Allen casually mentioned, “When I do go to gigs I get a slight pang of envy and think, ‘Oh, I do miss being up on that stage.’ But I have other priorities at the moment.”
Those other priorities currently include a new marriage, pregnancy, designing clothing and writing the songs for the musical adaptation of “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” which is set to debut sometime this year in London’s West End. It’s the phrase “at the moment” that has us hoping for more.
The singer echoed a similar statement to Elle recently, admitting that she misses the fans and stage: “I can’t commit to going on tour for seven months and leaving Sam [Cooper, her new husband]. I really miss singing my songs to people and seeing the reactions on their faces. It’s one of the most special things you can do, or it was for me.”
Allen has been discussing her retirement at length for a very long time, and repeatedly delayed it when she kept adding new dates to her summer tour last year. It all began in September 2009 when she posted an anti-downloading rant on her website and mentioned leaving the music industry altogether.
“I have not renegotiated my record contract and have no plans to make another record,” she wrote, driving her point home with, “The days of me making money from recording music has been and gone as far as I’m concerned, so I don’t (at this point) stand to profit from legislation.”
We’ll see how long it takes before she can no longer ignore her desire to grace the stage once again (Launching a record label is a strange thing to do when you are walking away from performing, no?)
This is why we’ve said before that young musicians should not declare their retirement! If you love something, you can never give it up!