NME Festival blog: Lily Allen reveals that Coldplay’s Chris Martin staged an intervention over her drug addiction

He and Gwyneth Paltrow were compelled to act after Allen accidentally headbutted Orlando Bloom

Coldplay’s Chris Martin once staged an intervention to help Lily Allen with her addiction issues, the singer reveals in her new memoir ‘My Thoughts Exactly’.

Allen, in an interview with Guardian Weekend, recounted a particularly difficult period during her ‘Sheezus’ tour in 2014 when Chris Martin and his then wife Gwyneth Paltrow tried to stage an intervention on a clifftop in Malibu.

The pair became concerned after Allen fell unconscious after accidentally headbutting actor Orlando Bloom at a Halloween party hosted by Kate Hudson. The Coldplay frontman drove the singer home and invited her to their Malibu home.

“I just went over to Gwyneth’s house in Malibu for lunch,” she said. “And they’ve got this amazing garden that goes from the top of the cliff down to the sea. Chris was so full of energy, he grabbed me and was like, ‘Come on! I want to take you for a walk.’ I was like, ‘OK.’ He’s very sweet for taking the time.”

At the time, she was struggling with combining parenthood with her comeback as a pop star. Allen has opened up about suffering from post-natal depression and sleeping with female escorts in the wake of the break down of her marriage.

“The dichotomy between going back to work as a pop artist and being a mother to two very young children wasn’t something I could examine with any distance or objectivity,” she writes in her memoir. “It was right inside me. It was my waking, daily reality and I found it blinding.”

This ‘Sheezus’ period is detailed within her tell all book ‘My Thoughts Exactly’, released on September 20.

Lily Allen explained her motivations for the book on Instagram, writing : “Sooo, in my book ‘My Thoughts Exactly’ I information some stuff from my dark days, around the ‘Sheezus’ era, I slept with female escorts when I was on tour, cause I was lost and lonely and looking for something.

“I’m not proud, but I’m not ashamed. I don’t do it anymore. The Mail are gonna run with the story tomorrow cause someone leaked it, and they’re bound to make sound worse than it was. Just wanted to give you Er, the ‘heads up’.”

The singer’s latest album ‘No Shame’ was released earlier this year and is nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The 2018 Awards Show will take place on Thursday 20 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

Allen’s upcoming tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.


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