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Sunday 26 April 2015

Bridget Jones musical dumps Lily

Lily Allen's songs have been pulled from the Bridget Jones musical
Lily Allen's songs have been pulled from the Bridget Jones musical

Lily Allen has revealed she has been dumped from the Bridget Jones musical.

The 29-year-old singer had penned songs for the planned stage show, based on Helen Fielding's hit novels about diary-writing singleton Bridget.

But Lily has now told The Sun: "I wrote some great music for it but Helen Fielding wants to go back and write a whole new story.

"It's been a long-term project and I was happy to do my bit but now I'm out of the picture."

The Bridget Jones books - about a single woman in her 30s trying to negotiate life and love - have already been made into two hit films starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

Last year Helen published a third book, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, following Bridget as a widowed mother-of-two in her fifties.

The musical adaptation has been in the works since 2011, and award-winning actress and singer Sheridan Smith was previously tipped to play Bridget.

Sheridan previously said of Lily's songs: "They're very Lily, but she's just a genius, the girl is a genius. Her music and her lyrics are fantastic and they just work perfectly, I think."

But the Sheezus singer has apparently not been put off musicals, and told The Sun she is looking for another project to adapt.

She said: "I've had two companies come to me and say, 'Have you got ideas?'

"They want me to find a movie that I think could adapt well and I do have some ideas that I think would work. So my work may make it to the West End yet."

Lily - who has two young daughters aged two and one - is currently in America, where she will support Miley Cyrus on her Bangerz tour.

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