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Lily Allen's here for two nights—relive her six most controversial moments

By Dana Varinsky

Watch out, NYC: Lily Allen is in town, playing Terminal 5 tonight and tomorrow. Love her or hate her, you can’t argue that the cheeky Londoner is a pro at stirring up controversy. Whether it’s a self-aware strategy for press attention or she’s just naturally addicted to drama, the girl is always up for a fight. Here's a look back at Allen's top "No, she didn't" moments.

 1. That time she chose the wrong woman to fight…
How to upset a fellow female star? Tweet an unflattering photo of her. In 2010, the mouthy singer posted a less-than-glamorous photo of Courtney Love, sending the former Mrs. Cobain on a social-media rampage. Courtney might have won this one with a barrage of insults including "like a feral woofy dog whose not gettiong [sic] enough attention hissing as me and the boys walked by.” Lily finally admitted defeat, Tweeting "sorry, that was mean. enuff of these juvenile musings , i should never have risen to the bait. silly lily."

2. That time she was accused of being racist…
Lily refused to apologize for her 2013 “Hard Out Here” video after naysayers pegged her as racist for featuring only black back-up dancers twerking behind her. Oh, and she also offended Beyoncé’s millions of fans by doing a Bey impression in the video. Eek!

3. That time Azealia Banks got personal…
She’s not always the one to start the controversy. In 2011, Azealia Banks called Lily’s husband and kids “ugly,” so Lily celled her a “one-hit wonder.” Azealia’s response: “go suck on your mans [sic] thimble dick and put thumbalina to bed. Goodnight." Then, she posted a topless photo of Lily. Who knew anyone could out-crass Lily Allen?!

4. That time she fought, well… everyone…
Scared of more-successful rivals? Not Lily. Earlier this year, she set off an international catfight by calling out Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Lorde, and Lady Gaga in her song “Sheezus”. “RiRi isn’t scared of Katy Perry’s roaring / Queen B’s gone back to the drawing / Lorde smells blood / Yeah, she’s about to slay you / Kid ain’t one to fuck with when she’s only on her debut / We’re all watching Gaga / LOL, haha / Dying for the art so really she’s a martyr.”

5. That time she had a street brawl…
In 2008, Lily had to be restrained after throwing a punch at a passer-by who had apparently been heckling her outside a jazz club in London’s Soho. This wasn’t an isolated incident: The year before, the "Smile" singer was arrested and cautioned for assault after kicking a photographer during a night out.

6. That time she took on a whole political party…
Not all of Lily’s fights are necessarily for personal gain. The singer lashed out at the far-right British National Party, calling them “racist, homophobic Nazis,” before singing her subtly titled song “Fuck You” at a gig in Australia. At least the stunt got her in the headlines again.…

written by Dan Wakeford


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