An investigation has been launched by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) concerning a picture of British singer Lily Allen that appeared to show her being arrested by an officer. The picture turned out to be a joke devised by Allen herself, but Australian authorities are not viewing the matter lightly.
Allen, 29, was making her way through security at the Gold Coast Airport in Queensland, Australia on the weekend of July 25, when she asked one of the officers to handcuff her as a joke. The office obliged, shortly after the event Allen posted the picture to Instagram. It has since been removed, presumably by Allen herself. The original photo can still be found on TMZ.
The AFP stated their reason for the investigation of the incident is due to airport protocol being breached, regardless of whether or not it was a joke. At the same time, however, they do agree that the officer in question got caught in the moment, thereby making the matter somewhat forgivable. Allen is not reported to be part of the investigation.
The London born entertainer is in the midst of her Australian tour, having wrapped up a Friday night show in Melbourne before going on to play at the Splendour In The Grass annual festival in New South Wales on Sunday, July 27th. Before embarking on this tour, the Hard Out Here singer came straight from a show in France. The American leg of her tour begins September 9 in Miami, Florida. She quipped in a recent interview that she was unsure whether or not this much travel was wise.
Allen rose to fame in 2006, when her smash hit Smile reached the top of the UK charts, shortly following suit around the world. Known for her quirky personality and cut-throat lyrics surrounding everything from vendettas against ex-boyfriends to her brother’s addiction troubles and what London town is really like, she quickly became a household name. Whether people loved her or hated her, it was certainly hard to ignore her. Her debut album, Alright, Still, fell just a few thousand copies away from going platinum in the United States. She released a second album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, in 2009, an album that hit number one in the UK, Canada, and Australia. It peaked at number five in the United States. The album went platinum in the United Kingdom.
Following this album, Allen stated that she was finished making records and was going to focus on starting a family, and possibly pursue a career in acting. During this period, she started her own record label entitled In The Name Of. Her first two attempts at pregnancy ending in both a devastating miscarriage and a stillbirth, a tragedy that the singer addresses in the song Take My Place on the recently released Sheezus album. In November of 2011, however, Allen’s luck improved and she gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Ethel Mary. Another daughter, Marnie Rose, was born in January 2013. The singer is married to builder and decorator Sam Cooper.
Allen made a full return to the music industry earlier this year, releasing the much anticipated third album entitled Sheezus, released on May 5. The album had a much better reception in the United Kingdom than anywhere else, becoming the singer’s second number one album. It peaked at number 12 in the United States, and number 23 on the French charts. Many critics claimed they felt Allen had lost her edge since her hiatus and motherhood and that the music was no longer as cutting edge as it used to be. In terms of why she returned to music after swearing her second album would be her last, the Alfie hit-maker attributes it to a kind of gravitational pull, in that she tried her best to stay away but could not help needing to return to writing.
Allen is the daughter of legendary entertainer Keith Allen, who is an actor, singer, author, television presenter, and singer-songwriter. Her brother Alfie, who is the subject of his sister’s hit song of the same name, is an actor best known for his role as Theon Greyjoy in the Emmy winning HBO series Game of Thrones.
It is unclear what will come of the investigation surrounding Lily Allen’s fake arrest picture. However, Australian authorities are making it very clear that they do not view this kind of situation lightly and that it is not to be repeated.
by Rebecca Grace