Lily Allen came to the defence of The X Factor's Cher Lloyd during a recent Twitter confrontation with a tabloid journalist. Lily responded to two Tweets from the News of the World's Dan Wootton, who wrote the 17-year-old will be 'begging to be written about in a few months', and 'Love how Cher Lloyd hasn't had one hit single yet but acts as if she's Rihanna'. Lily then Tweeted: "You're a grown man for christ's sake. she is essentially a child. Give the poor thing a break. "I imagine she gets enough s**t from kids her own age,grown ups need not pile in. So she's going through a phase,give her a break." However, Dan hit back saying: "She's not a 'poor thing', believe me. Do you have an opinion on her? She wants to be treated like an adult. What I'm doing. She's going to need support from the press." Lily replied: "not really. I think she's a kid, eventually she'll find her feet and learn from her mistakes. I do think it's quite strange, that someone your age would be so affected by a teenager. she's really not hurting anyone." Thanking Lily for her comments, Cher Lloyd Tweeted: "I can't thank u enough! Really appreciate it! Xxxxxx".
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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