By Zachary Swickey
Fans of pop singer Lily Allen had plenty to celebrate just a few weeks ago when the English cutie officially revealed she was coming out of “retirement” to work on some new music. However, those plans may be in jeopardy now that the singer – who initially walked away from music, in part, to focus on her young daughter with husband Sam Cooper – is reportedly pregnant with her second child.
Allen and Cooper are reportedly expecting baby number two sometime around the holidays, according to The Mirror. Allen gave birth to their first daughter, Ethel Mary, just last November.
“It was a surprise but Lily and Sam are thrilled,” a source revealed to the U.K. newspaper. “The pair of them have loved every minute of parenthood so far and wanted to expand their brood quickly. So it’s great timing.”
Last weekend, Allen made a surprise onstage appearance in Manchester at the Stone Roses reunion concert during opener Professor Green’s set. Together they performed the Professor’s “Just Be Good to Green” – their joint 2010 single. Allen was noticeably rockin’ a baggy Stone Roses tee, which effectively hid her three-month baby bump and paid tribute to the band.
While we couldn’t be happier for the couple, we can’t help but wonder if this will deter Allen from completing work on her follow-up to her ’09 hit It’s Not Me, It’s You. A source tells The Mirror that Allen plans to complete work on her new album this summer, though its release would have to be delayed until next spring. After weeks of rumors, Allen confirmed rumors that she was finally back in the studio when replying to a pop music website editor’s comment.
“You will be pleased to know that I am currently in the f**king studio with @GregKurstin so SHUT UP PETER!” she playfully wrote on Twitter to PopJustice editor Peter Robinson after he teased Allen about her retirement and no longer making music.
Allen famously retired from the music scene in 2010 when she stated she would be focusing on her family and clothing line, Lucy in Disguise. She never really walked away entirely, however: Allen wrote songs for the upcoming “Bridget Jones’ Diary” musical that will premiere in London’s iconic West End later this year.
Allen has previously worked with Kurstin when he produced and co-wrote her ’08 hit “The Fear.” More recently he co-wrote and produced Kelly Clarkson’s hit “Stronger,” which has gone on to become the biggest hit ever for an “American Idol” alum.