Aug. 24, 2023 – It’s been four years since Lily Allen got sober, and the British singer-songwriter is opening up about what contributed to her substance use.

In a new interview with The New York Times, the “Smile” performer spoke about her years of drug and alcohol use, explaining how it went hand in hand with her relationship to fame and success.

“It’s not a very nice feeling,” Allen, 38, told the outlet of getting followed by UK paparazzi to the point where she sought legal protection in 2009. “Especially when you’re in your early 20s, and you’re still trying to figure out who you are in the world.”

She’s long been quite open about her past substance use, especially since getting sober around the release of her 2018 album No Shame. The following year, Allen became romantically linked to actor David Harbour, and the pair tied the knot in 2020. He’s now stepfather to Allen’s daughters Ethel, 11, and Marnie, 10, whom she shares with ex-husband Sam Cooper.