Lily Allen has labelled the NME as sexist and patronising in response to the magazine’s Cool List Issue 2006.

The Cool List was topped by Beth Ditto of The Gossip, with Lily herself at number 3 and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at number 5 - but the band Muse were pictured on the cover instead.

Lily ranted on her website: “I was approached by them again with regards to the Cool List Issue 2006, five women had made it into the Top 10 and we were asked to pose for photos to be the main feature for the cover.”

“The context was so important - a strong female presence in music - so I thought I might as well do it.”

“I went to get a copy yesterday, and this is what we got. Another f***ing Muse cover.”

“Conor McNicholas, the editor of NME, said: ‘From Beth to Lily to Karen, they’ve brought new energy to a scene dominated by men. They’re also living proof that you can still rock a crowd when you’re wearing stilettos.’”

“I mean how f***ing patronising - ‘You can still rock a crowd wearing stilletos’.”

“Don’t make me sick, we’ve always been here you arrogant p**ck, this was your chance to actually show you meant it.”

“And instead you put Muse on the cover because you thought that your readers might not buy a magazine with an overweight lesbian and a not particularly attractive looking me, on the front. W***ers.”