Last month Lily Allen made a spectacular return to the pop charts after a three year hiatus with two singles: one Christmas weeper (‘Somewhere Only We Know') and one Twitter-igniting feminist call-to-arms (‘Hard Out Here’).

Fresh on the heels on the year’s biggest comeback, the most provocative pop star in Britain speaks exclusively to editor Alex Bilmes as Esquire’s February cover star.

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From her home in greenest Gloucestershire, Allen talks candidly about her return to music, the reasons for her retirement and the emptiness of today’s showbiz scene.

“I feel like when I was growing up and dreaming of being a pop star, it was the days of Britpop when things felt authentic and anarchic, and people were taking drugs and having a lot of fun and having sex with each other and it wasn’t fake, it was real.

“So excuse me if I found it a bit disappointing when I arrived and it was a bunch of sterile f**king botoxed idiots that stank of desperation.”

Don’t miss her explosive interview – as well as the best in culture and fashion – in Esquire, out now.

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