Lily Allen’s father Keith is expecting to be painted in the worst light possible in the singer’s upcoming memoir.
The Smile singer releases her autobiography My Thoughts Exactly on 20 September (18), and her actor father, who left Lily’s mother Alison Owen when the star was only four years old, expects he won’t be portrayed in a positive way, given how openly critical she’s been of him in the past.
“I have no idea where Lil will go with it. No idea,” he told Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. “I’m not made of steel. But I have read stuff that Lil’s said about me (previously) and I’ve thought: ‘Really? Hang on a minute. That’s not my memory, not quite.’ But, you know, it’s tricky, and it will be tricky… like I say, me, in her eyes, abandoning the family, is a big thing.”
When asked why he hasn’t asked for an advance copy of the memoir, the Shallow Grave actor explained that he’s fine to wait and see about the contents, unlike his son, Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen, who had some concerns about his older sister’s stories.
“One, she’s not asked me to read it. I know Alfie was very worried about it. And I said: ‘Well, if you’re that worried about it, you should ask Lily (if you can read it), and see if you can have final say on what’s in and what’s out,” he said.
The 64-year-old clarified that his main concern about her book is not about its contents, but the repercussions the singer, who is very outspoken about politics and social issues, could face.
“It all depends on who she takes on. I’m thinking: ‘Oh hell, you better weather this one, kid,'” he added.
When asked if he’s worried about Lily’s opinions getting her in trouble, he replied, “We’re poultices. We bring out poison. And she is a poultice, and that poison will go towards her. And there’s nothing I can do about that.
“I’d get worried if I thought (intelligence service) MI6 were thinking she was so dangerous they’ll have to bump her off… But I don’t think we’ve ever come to that.”