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Allen: Husband's stillbirth support

Lily Allen has said that going through a stillbirth was "the most unfortunate thing that can happen", but revealed she felt lucky to have her husband's support.

The Air Balloon singer appears on the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV this weekend, where she talks about the harrowing experience of suffering a stillbirth in 2010 and the support from her now-husband Sam Cooper.

She said: "I think it's difficult for anybody, regardless of what world they live in, and actually what I took home from that experience was, even though it was the most unfortunate thing that can ever happen to a person, I was very fortunate in the sense that I have a loving partner to go home to and share that experience with.

"There are many women - 17 stillbirths in the UK everyday - that go home and they don't have that support, they have to go home and deal with that on their own, so I am kind of in a bit of a count my blessings scenario rather than feeling sorry for myself."

Lily, a mum of two, also revealed she uses dating app Tinder for company while touring: "I don't meet up with people, I just talk to people on it. If I'm in Australia or Los Angeles and there's no one up that I know to talk to on the phone sometimes I'm just like 'nope, actually yes, you look quite fun to have a little chat'... but nothing sinister."

She said of her Tinder profile: "At the end it says, 'Some of my photos are now and current and some are of when I looked significantly hotter and younger...' It's not a hooking up thing, listen, this is young-people-social-media OK, just deal with it."

Lily added that she had been annoyed by the double standards in covering a story about Coldplay singer Chris Martin giving her a lift home from a party: "The way that they had sort of insinuated it was that 'she's a mother of two, abandoning her children'.

"I'm in a car with a father of two and at no point has anyone alluded to him abandoning his children! There is a double standard. And also it's completely false because my children are with me most of the time."

Saying that seeing paparazzi could be scary for her young daughters, she explained: "They don't know what it is, they don't know what a newspaper is."

The Jonathan Ross Show is on ITV on Saturday at 9.45pm.

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