Perhaps after all the furore that came with her comments on feminism, Lily Allen is trying to make amends by speaking out against sexism in the music industry. During a radio interview the Air Balloon songstress complained that we always hear about the man behind successful female pop stars, but the same cannot be said about their male counterparts.
Lily Allen, who recently made her pop comeback after taking a four year break to focus on motherhood, has insisted that behind every successful female singer, there is a man who also gets plenty of recognition and she argues that the same can not be said for male pop stars in the industry.
This latest revelation comes after Lily presented on BBC Radio 2, as part of a scheduled take over from regular host Dermot O'Leary. During her segment, Lils interviewed the editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman.
The topic of conversation quickly turned to the music industry, with Alexandra noting: “It's interesting that some of the biggest artists, if not most of them, are women."
''You'll also notice, of those big, successful, female artists, there's always a man behind the woman-piece,” added Lily.
She then went on to compare Beyonce, Adele and herself, noting that the men that helped them rise to the top also gained a lot of exposure as a result.
Lily said: ''Whether it's Beyonce it's Jay Z, if it's Adele it's Paul Hepworth, with me it was Mark Ronson, same with Amy Winehouse.”
The London-born singer was trying to point out that the same rules don't appear to apply to their male counterparts.
“It's sort of like you never get that with men,” she explained. "You can't think of the man behind the man because it's never a conversation which is bought up. If you're Ed Sheeran nobody talks about who produced his music."
he initial anti-feminism backlash came after Lily was quoted in Shortlist magazine with a controversial take on the f-word. “Feminism. I hate that word because it shouldn’t even be a thing anymore," said Lily in the interview.
“We’re all equal, everyone is equal. Why is there even a conversation about feminism? What’s the man version of feminism? There isn’t even a word for it. Menanism. Male-ism. It doesn’t exist.”
Since then Lily has argued that she was misquoted in the interview. Chatting to The Debrief, the Hard Out Here singer refuted: "Of course, I'm a feminist."