Lily Allen: I wasn’t complementing Cheryl Tweedy
The song, named after Cheryl, was included on Lily’s number 1 single “Smile” and included the lyric a reference to wishing “I looked like Cheryl Tweedy“, which Cheryl took as a complement.
Cheryl said: “I’m really flattered Lily’s written a track about me. But I don’t know why she sings about wanting to be as pretty as me as she looks stunning. I’d like to look like her. It’s about time we had a really cool British girl out there on the music scene.”
But Lily has pointed out that Cheryl missed the point: “I don’t want to look like Cheryl Tweedy! It’s tongue in cheek, it’s meant to be ironic.”
“I don’t have anything against her as a human being but I think the portrayal of her being the right thing for kids to look up to is wrong.
“It was a joke that not many people got. Of course nobody really wants to look like Cheryl, they just think they do.”
Neither Lily or Cheryl are known for keeping their opinions or grudges out of the public eye so this one might run and run…