The singer explains why she's off alcohol, fears getting boos and loves Amy Winehouse

By Ann Clark
Updated December 08, 2008 08:30 AM
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Don’t expect one-time party girl Lily Allen to stumble out of a club anytime soon.

“I’ve become a character in a comic and that character is always drunk! I wish my comic character wasn’t that,” she told the U.K.’s Observer Music Monthly.

Allen claims she’s been off alcohol “since 22 September,” and doesn’t plan on indulging again – at least for now.

“I have no intention of taking drugs again at the moment,” she said. “But I can’t say ‘Never again,’ because I don’t know where I’ll be in 10 years’ time. And I will definitely drink in the future, just not for awhile.”

Gearing up for the release of her second studio album It’s Not Me, It’s You, the 23-year-old continues to battle insecurities with her weight and appearance.

“My mum always told me, ‘You’re beautiful, you’re my beautiful little girl,’ and then suddenly I wasn’t,” she said. “I read all the stuff that people were writing about me and I started to get a different view. I mean, I never thought I was supermodel or anything, but I didn t think I was quite as unattractive as people were saying!

She adds, “I just thought, Maybe if I’m not fat, then people won’t call me ugly.

But what is she most afraid of? “When I’m playing live, I won’t let anyone introduce me. I just appear,” she said. “Because it’s my biggest fear. Someone walking out on stage, saying ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Lily Allen.’ And then, ‘Boooooooo!’ ”

Meanwhile in another interview, Allen said her friend Amy Winehouse – who she knows “very well,” is different from how she’s portrayed.

“[She s] a very clever, intelligent, witty, funny person who can hold it together,” she said. “You just don’t see that side. She gets a really hard time.”