After giving birth to her first child, Lily Allen visited a surgeon to get liposuction. She was later advised to have an extensive plastic surgery to reshape her thighs, belly, ankles, back and knees. "Nobody's immune to the pressure to look thin," she recently told Observer Magazine.
Allen canceled the surgery four days before it was scheduled to happen after finding out that she was pregnant with her second child. The canceled surgery then inspired the music video for "Hard Out Here", her first new music since 2009.
The clip opens with the 28-year-old singer on an operating table to undergo liposuction while talking to a male music executive who complains that she lets her body go. Allen bitterly replies, "Um, I had two babies."
With her new video, Allen takes direct aim at some controversial things in recent pop music, including Robin Thicke's racy music video. The British singer's featured dancing in "Blurred Lines"-esque balloons that spell out "Lily Allen has a baggy p***y."
Allen also addresses the male-dominated music industry in the song. "I've always been called 'mouthy' when, in fact, I'm just talking," she said. "In the music industry, women have always been controlled by male execs, told to do the Kate Moss thing. Keep your mouth shut, or people will laugh at you. They've been talking about us like this for years, basically."
Allen's new song and video marked the singer's comeback to music industry. The mother of two, who went on an extended hiatus since putting out her "It's Not Me, It's You" four years ago, is currently working on her new album that is expected to drop next year.
"I want to sing about different things now. Before I was married, my songs were directed at significant others. Now I couldn't be happier, so it's opened me up to write about more general stuff," she said of her upcoming record.
She went on reveal that there would be songs about her husband, Sam Cooper. "There are a couple of songs to Sam, including one sexy one, about coming to terms with becoming sexual again after just being a baby-making vessel. But mainly they're funnier and happier - less lethargic, less teenage," she explained. "I'm not moaning at the world any more. Before, I was struggling. Coming out of adolescence and not knowing where I was in the world - now it's about ownership and empowerment."