Global Gossip 14.09.09: Part 2

BATD ON Sep 14, 2009 AT 12:15 pm

Lily Allen

Lily Allen

We hear Lily Allen is to star in a play. The ‘Smile’ singer has accepted the lead role in Neil LaBute’s London production of ‘Reasons To Be Pretty’ and wants to take a break from pop music because she is worn out. Speaking backstage at the Bestival music festival – which takes place on the Isle of Wight – on Saturday (12.09.09), Lily said: “I’m not going to record and tour again for quite a while. I finish up my dates in March and I’ll be ready to do something else. I’ve been on the road for four years and I’ve given my voice a real run for its money. I’m struggling, so I’m going to try something new. The play is about themes close to my heart, about the really damaging cult of beauty among young girls. They want me to play the lead, which is both amazing and terrifying.”

The 24-year-old singer – who has previously hosted her own talk show and made a cameo in long-running Australian sitcom ‘Neighbours’ – is even having acting lessons at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) to prepare for her new West End role.

She said: “There’s a lady from RADA coming round to my house to train me up a bit. I’m always up for a new challenge.”

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell is to be a father for the second time. The ‘In Bruges’ star confirmed he and girlfriend Alicja Bachleda are expecting their first child together at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday (12.09.09). The baby is due next April. Colin, 33, has been dating the 26-year-old Polish actress since he split from writer Emma Forrest in February. Speculation Alicja was pregnant has been building for weeks, after she was photographed with an expanding baby bump.

This will be Colin’s second child. He already has a five-year-old son James with model Kim Bordenave. The Irish actor was jubilant when he made the announcement at the premiere of his latest film ‘Triage’, but the night later turned sour when photographers asked his sister to move so they could get a clear shot of him. Colin screamed: “Do not shout at my sister like that. Do not ever speak to my sister like that ever!”

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