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Lily Allen celebrates 18 months of ‘clean and serene’ sobriety

Lily Allen is celebrating 18 months of sobriety.

The popstar confirmed she had reached the impressive milestone by showing off a grey key fob which read: ‘Clean and serene for eighteen months.’

The 35-year-old captioned her post: ‘18 months clean and sober today. Would recommend!’

Celebrity friends including Stacey Dooley and Lou Teasdale left party popper and heart emojis in the comments section, while chef Gizzi Erskine commented: ‘WELL DONE SWEET THING.’

Lily previously discussed her road to sobriety on the podcast The Recovery, explaining that she turned to alcohol and drugs to gain affirmation, to lose weight and to gain confidence.

The Smile singer said: ‘All I wanted was affirmation and praise and I didn’t even really get it then. I got it from strangers, but I didn’t really get it from the people I wanted it from.

‘In fact, I was kind of met with a bit of resentment from those people. Taking responsibility for my own actions, you know, I definitely like buried my head in drugs and alcohol, but I was really sad.’

After marrying her first husband Sam Cooper aged 24, Lily returned to touring, but began taking Adderall to lose weight as she ‘did not feel like a pop star at all’.

Things got worse when Lily joined Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz tour as a support act, with the star saying that she began drinking again and cheated on her husband.

She said: ‘It was a very highly sexualised tour and I had just spent the last three years pushing babies out. It couldn’t have been less what I felt like. And also, I’d never ever supported someone. So, I was sort of like re-entering this phase of being a pop star again but not doing it on my terms anymore. I was supporting this girl who was much younger and more attractive than I felt and I just started out in [many] ways.

‘I remember being in LA and thinking like, “None of this acting out is working anymore. Maybe I should try heroin”. I’d been in a scene… and knew that when that thought popped into my head it was time to confront my demons. That was about five years ago. And I started recovery.’

Lily got clean after entering a programme, but six months later, she started drinking again.

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Lily and David are both sober (Picture: Rex)

The star said: ‘I lost my marriage. I lost my house I worked for 10 years to buy. My career started sinking. I lost all my friends. I was so resentful. So angry all the time.

‘Really felt like the world owed me stuff. That went on for another four years.’

Now, Lily has been off drink and drugs for a year and a half, and is focusing on her relationships with her children Ethel, nine, and Marnie, eight.

She said: I’m in the process of breaking that cycle. I felt so guilty about neglecting my kids in those early years of their life and having to go off on tour and misbehave in the way that I was. I really have a great relationship with my kids now.

‘I’m there to pick them up at the school gates whenever I can be. I’m dropping them off in the morning, and I’ll make them dinner, and they’ll come to me when they’ve got problems, and that’s golden to me.

‘They’re confident little girls. They’re not going to turn into drug addicts like I did. They’re on a good path.’

Lily has also gained support in the form of her husband David Harbour, who is also sober.

The Hard Out Here singer said: ‘I’m in a really happy and healthy relationship. He’s sober, has been sober for 20 years now.

‘We’re thinking about what we’re going to do with the rest of our lives… I don’t have as much as I had then in terms of success and wealth, but I have success and health in my mind, which is more valuable I think.’

Lily and Stranger Things actor David tied the knot in Las Vegas in September last year, after a year of dating.



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