Lily dropped this steaming lot during an interview with Word magazine:
"The only story is that drugs are bad and they will kill you - you will become a prostitute, a rapist or a dealer. But that's not true. I know lots of people who take cocaine three nights a week and get up and go to work. But we never hear that side of the story. I wish people wouldn't sensationalise it. Some people are just bad at taking drugs… I felt like a lonely child, when everybody else was doing it and I wasn't. That's why I took cocaine when I didn’t even like it… I don't like Christianity much. I was brought up in a Catholic school and they told me gays, adultery and drugs were bad. All my mum’s friends were gay, my dad was having affairs and there were drugs in the house when I was a kid, so it was a bit cruel… I got £50,000 for my first album and I sold a lot of records. Twenty years ago, I'd have been booked in at the Ritz with five grams of cocaine on my table (even though she doesn't like it) and 10 bunches of flowers. Some new clothes. A chauffeur on 24-hour call. Now I'm lucky to get an Oyster card. I ask for a hotel in Paris and I get a two-star place in the eighth arrondissement on my own. I'm like: 'Do you want me to get raped and killed?'"
Her comments on drug taking have been met with the expected backlash. U.K. Shadow Home Secretary, Dominic Grieve, took time out of his heaving schedule to retort: There is no doubt that drugs fuel crime and wreck lives. It’s naive to assume there isn't human misery and suffering associated with every drug transaction somewhere along the line." David Haynes, head of the National Drug Prevention Alliance, adds, "When someone like Lily Allen makes these remarks she is only harming young people. We already have a major drug culture in the U.K. and she is affecting that."
Christian groups and, more importantly, Lily Allen's record label have yet to comment.