Actor Keith Allen has hit back at his daughter Lily Allen after claiming he was unable to ‘channel his comedic gifts into a successful career’.
The couple endured a rocky relationship and neither of them is shy about talking about it.
But things turned sour after the “Smile” singer opened up about her estrangement from him in an interview last year.
Lily called her father a “self-saboteur” and attempted his career in her 2018 memoir, “My Thoughts Exactly.”
Now Keith has responded to his daughter’s choice of words.
“It’s true, yes,” he told the Guardian. “I couldn’t channel anything. You could say that I lost many years. You could also say I had a great time.
“I was early for a lot of things. I hosted one of the first ‘yoof TV’ shows. I was one of the first performers in the Comedy Store.
In her book, Lily claimed her father suffered a “cocaine-induced heart attack” at Glastonbury when he was 14.
But her sharing of this particular treat with the world didn’t sit too well with Keith, who later claimed his heart attack was brought on by “acute food poisoning”.
The singer has been open about her strained relationship with her father, having previously mentioned in 2015 that her father “left me”.
“My dad left me when I was four, I’m sick of it,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “My dad was at Latitude when I was headlining and he didn’t even come to see me. I probably spent more time walking my dogs than I did with my dad all my life.