14/08/2014 12:58 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Lily Allen Blasts Twitter Trolls Over 'Nasty Messages'

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Lily Allen blasts Twitter trolls

Lily Allen has blasted trolls who attacked her for not spending enough time with her children.

The mum-of-two took to Twitter a couple of hours before she headed out for the night to collect a prestigious music award in London.

Smile star Lily, 28, has taken flak on social media for rarely appearing in photographs with her children Ethel, two, and one-year-old Marnie.

But she hit back at her critics in a series of tweets, saying she doesn't 'tote them around like accessories'.

In her Tweets, Lily said: "
good morning, i'm getting alot of nasty messages in my feed about my children. Thank you for your concern, but i assure you they are fine and are never far away, you just don't see them in pictures because i don't tote them around like accessories."

Lily then got into her glad rags – a horizontal-striped orange and black 'Sixties shift dress – to head out to the NME Awards ceremony where she crowned her comeback three years after 'retiring' by beating David Bowie, Sir Paul McCartney and Kanye West to the prestigious Best Solo Artist gong.

Lily marked her return last November with 'Hard Out Here', a song and accompanying video attacking 'body image pressures and misogyny in the entertainment industry'.

Her cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know', accompanying the John Lewis Christmas advert, topped the charts.

Lily also presented Debbie Harry and Blondie with the Godlike Genius award at the O2 Brixton Academy event.

In a follow-up Tweet at 1am, Lily shared a picture with her fans, with one word: "Broken." The fuzzy image appears to show the 'up yours' finger on Lily's statue snapped in two!