It's been a busy few weeks for Ashcroft, who was at the centre of a controversy last weekend when something suspicious fell out of his pocket on live TV.
The former Verve frontman spoke to Radio X recently also, saying that musicians need to "stop making speeches" and "go back and entertain the world". He continued, "so many fucking artists, man, if they can’t write a song or they can’t sing or they can’t play, they end up being like semi-political leaders".
Allen then hit back at Ashcroft's rant, as part of an 'In The Bathroom" beauty series, saying, "that’s all very well for you to say Richard Ashcroft, you're a middle-aged really successful white person, who won’t have to have gone through a lot of the things I or indeed many other girls would have to have gone through.”
The sticky situation has since escalated by Ashcroft, when he commented on an Instagram post of the story, calling Allen a "Train wreck dressed as a hashtag". Yikes:
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Lily Allen has responded to Richard Ashcroft’s statement that musicians should stop ranting about politics and get on with the music and entertain people. During Lily’s “In The Bathroom” interview. She believes because he is a white, successful man he doesn’t know what it’s like to be oppressed, therefore has less need than others to speak out. Richard comes from a working class background, whilst Lily comes from an upper class background with two famous and successful parents, who put her to private school, however Lily said why she thinks people should speak out on politics and how men like Richard are unaware of oppression. Lily explained her thoughts saying, “I was watching an interview with Richard Ashcroft the other day when he was talking about wishing musicians would just shut up and get on with what their meant to do, which is music and not get involved with like social issues, social commentary and politics, because it’s got nothing to do with it. And it’s just like, that’s all very well for you to say Richard Ashcroft, your a middle-aged really successful white person, who won’t have to have gone through a lot of the things I or indeed many other girls would have to have gone through. The treatment of women in the press is political, it’s almost on the front line of women’s issues because the way we read about women in tabloids and popular culture is how we form our opinions of what women’s roles are in everything. Having been a subject of that for so long, I think about the agenda a lot and it’s not actually to do with me a lot of the time, it’s just to do with the fact I’m a girl. You have a few ways to deal with that which is to retreat and stop talking, or you can decide that isn’t the case.” #LilyAllen#Interview#Response#RichardAshcroft#TheVerve#Music#Politics#Views#Opinion#F4f#FollowForFollow#R4r#RecentForRecent#L4l#LikeForLike
Allen recently release her own book entitled 'My Thoughts Exactly'. The description of the book reads:
"So, this is me. Lily Allen.
I am a woman.
I am a mother.
I was a wife.
I have taken drugs.
I have loved and been let down.
I am a success and a failure.
I am a songwriter.
I am a singer.
I am all these things and more.
When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better.
This is my story."
Allen hasn't yet retorted to Ashcroft's name calling, but we doubt that she will stay quiet for long.