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Lily Allen shunned workouts before pop comeback

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Jan 31, 2014 | 7:57am EST

Singer Lily Allen ditched her usual workout regime in the run-up to her pop comeback to show the world how having two babies has affected her body. The Smile hitmaker always made sure to get in shape and "starve" herself before shooting pop promos because she was obsessed with looking her best. However, when she was planning her return to the limelight last year (13) with new single Hard Out Here after a four-year break to raise a family, Allen decided to give her fans a glimpse into the life of a working mother - so she dressed down on set and let her bulges hang out. She tells British magazine Elle, "It's difficult to keep up and try to be perfect. I felt quite brave shooting the Hard Out Here video. In all my past videos and photoshoots, I've starved myself for days to get into what I felt was good enough shape. But in this one I was wearing leggings! And a skin-tight T-shirt and a bra over the top - you can see the bulge! "It wasn't necessarily pretty, but I felt very strongly that I wanted to do that. Because I'm a woman now, and I have two babies, and I don't want to hide it. I could be skinny if I wanted to, by exercising a lot, and I just don't have the time right now. Every second I'm not working I'm spending with my children. For me to take another extra hour and half (sic) out of my day to get thin, I'm not doing it."

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