Lily Allen: I tried to avoid being a woman because my father spoke about them in a derogatory way

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Lily Allen: I tried to avoid being a woman because my father spoke about them in a derogatory way

Lily Allen has said the derogatory way her actor father spoke about women when she was a child made her not want to be one.

The singer said she tried to “avoid” being a woman because of the way Keith Allen talked about them with his friends.

It was only after having her own daughters that she began to feel differently, Lily said as she opened up about her “fragmented relationship” with her dad.

She is mother to Marnie, six, and Ethel, seven, with ex-husband Sam Cooper.

In an interview with Jodie Comer for Stylist magazine, Lily said: "When I was growing up I had a very fragmented relationship with my dad.

"The way he spoke about women with his friends was quite derogatory so I tried to avoid being a woman.

"I didn't really bond with women and I felt jealous of women. Then, when I had my two girls I was like, 'OK, I guess you're going to have to start liking women now, Lily.'

"But it's been a complete blessing."

Comer also revealed to Lily how much her life has changed since the success of TV series Killing Eve, saying: "A couple of weeks ago, I was going to New York and then when I got out of the car at the airport at four in the morning there was a bunch of strange men waiting for me to sign autographs.

"It really threw me because it was the first time I'd had anything like that."

The full interview appears in Lily Allen takes over Stylist, out on June 12.