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Lily Allen Says Motherhood Has 'Mellowed' Her

22/10/2012 12:08 | Updated 22 May 2015
Lily Allen reveals she's mellowed since becoming a mumPA

Lily Allen has told The Sun that motherhood has 'mellowed' her and made her see life in a different way.

In an interview on the advice she would give her 18-year-old self, the pregnant mum-of-one says that she is 'really happy' with where she is now, and that she probably would not tell 18-year Lily anything that could change how things turned out.

"I'd say that motherhood has mellowed me along with just age, growing up and having more responsibility," Lily, 27, admits, "Having kids, you suddenly think about the future in a very different way. It becomes less about yourself and more about someone else. And marriage does that as well."

Lily - mum to baby daughter Ethel - is expecting her new arrival this December - a year after Ethel's birth and two years since she and husband Sam Cooper suffered a devastating stillbirth in November, 2010.

Lily says that now she is older she has no regrets about some of the more controversial things she's said in her career, but admits that she feels slightly different about comments she made about how a 'certain pop group were a bad influence on girls' now she is a mum.

"I think it's probably more my responsibility to deal with my daughter rather than a band," she says.

Loved-up Lily also waxes lyrical about wedded life with Sam, saying 'marriage has been everything I hoped for and more,' and that her husband is just 'great'.

"I have a nice house and a housekeeper and a personal assistant, and I also have a great husband who helps me a lot," she says, "I couldn't do it on my own."

She also admits that she would not 'necessarily' bring up her kids the same way she was raised.

"When you have kids you do look at your parents and think, 'Would I bring up my child the same way?', and the answer is, not necessarily," she reveals, "I was taken to the Glastonbury Festival every year but I won't be taking Ethel there - although that's more for selfish reasons, because I want to go and enjoy myself!"

But she is quick to add that the life she has now is thanks to her mum and dad - actor and musician Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen.

"Given that my parents got me to where I am today, you have to say they did a pretty good job," the happy mum says.

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

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