After the release of her 2014 album, Sheezus, Lily Allen entered a turbulent period in her personal life. In 2015, she split from her ex, and they divorced in 2016, the same year that a stalker broke into her London home. (He was sentenced to indefinite treatment and given a restraining order.) The British singer, 33, who has two daughters, now 5 and 6, “disconnected from a lot of friends and family” following the incident, channeling her emotions into the new electro-grime tracks on No Shame, out June 8 on Parlophone. It’s not, she says, a breakup record but a “breakdown album” -- one that taught her to trust herself and not take anything too seriously.
What was the biggest change for you while recording this album?
I was forced to look at everything around me after the last album campaign. I wanted to create my own space where I didn’t have to work with time constraints. I feel like everything was rushed last time. With previous records, I’ve always delivered scores to the label, and this time around, I just gave them the whole album when it was finished. I didn’t listen to anybody except myself.