Lily Allen: Mum’s The Word

“It’s not fair and it’s really not okay!” or so her hit goes. The British popstar will be hitting pause on her singing career soon. She’s been hit with a combination of laryngitis and bronchitis and has been performing in pain. Ouch!

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“I’ve had [it] for two months and I’ve just been doing so many gigs and not resting,” she told BBC Newsbeat. “I have been to an ear, nose, and throat specialist a few times and they stuck a big camera down my throat. It’s not very nice!”

Lily Allen’s last performance will be at the Dizzee Rascal concert at the O2 (London) in March 2010. “That’s the last thing I’ve got planned,” she said. “I’m just going to concentrate on doing some behind-the-scenes sort of stuff.”

Fans speculate that her one-to-two-year break isn’t exactly due to her bout of throat illnesses. There are talks that the 24-year-old popstar plans on pursuing an acting career. Not to worry; she’s not entirely giving up on the music industry.

“I’m going to get into signing new bands, but at a really early level,” she said of her plans to launch her own record label. “I don’t want to compete with other record companies, but I want to support new artists.”

She will also be focusing on her new clothing shop, Lucy in Disguise with her sister Sara. “It’s about making fashion democratic,” Allen explained. “It’s about getting really nice clothes, but letting people rent them for affordable prices so they can go out and feel like a million dollars and it won’t cost them a million dollars.”

I wouldn’t mind renting Allen’s quirky duds. Just don’t expect the popstar to be Twittering and blogging about her life updates anytime soon. In her recent—and perhaps final—Twitter post, she said: “I’m a neo-luddite. Goodbye.”