Lily Allen celebrates one year of sobriety in Capri

‘So grateful for my health and happiness’: Lily Allen toasts one year of sobriety as she poses in a mismatched bikini in Capri

  • The singer, 35, gave up drinking around the time she started dating David Harbour, 45
  • Lily jetted to Capri alone to celebrate the milestone 
  • The Smile hitmaker previously detailed about how she turned to alcohol during times of personal trouble 
  • She said her ex-husband Sam Cooper helped her give up booze in 2013
  • However the star turned to alcohol again after the breakdown of her marriage
  • Lily is mother to two daughters; Ethel and Marnie 

Lily Allen marked one year of sobriety in Capri on Tuesday. 

The singer, 35, looked incredible in a mismatched bikini as she took to Instagram to reflect on the past 12 months, telling fans she was ‘so grateful for my health and happiness’. 

Lily has previously been open about her struggle with alcohol and substance abuse, saying she turned to it when she experienced trouble in her personal life. 

‘So grateful for my health and happiness’: Lily Allen marked one year of sobriety in Capri on Tuesday

Lily showed off her toned abs as she reclined on a sun lounger in a black bikini top and red leopard print bottoms. 

The make-free star exuded happiness as she beamed for the camera before uploading a snap taken in her hotel room. 

To mark the past 12 months of being tee-total, Lily posted the bikini photos alongside one of the star looking noticeably worse-for-wear.  

Lifestyle change: The singer, 35, looked incredible in a mismatched bikini as she took to Instagram to reflect on the past 12 months

Alcohol abuse: To mark the past 12 months of being tee-total, Lily posted the bikini photos alongside one of the star looking noticeably worse-for-wear (pictured)

Lily captioned the post: ‘1 year completely sober! So grateful for my health and happiness.’

The songstress flew to Capri for a solo trip and wrote in one selfie uploaded to Instagram: ‘The only downside to traveling alone is the photo opportunities are limited.’

When one fan asked: ‘Why are you alone?’, Lily replied: ‘I love travelling alone’. 

Beach babe: Lily showed off her toned abs as she reclined on a sun lounger in a black bikini top and red leopard print bottoms

It is thought Lily gave up drinking around the time she started dating her Stranger Things boyfriend David Harbour, 45.

The couple were first spotted at the theatre in London last August and their relationship has gone on from strength-to-strength. 

The mother-of-two previously took to Instagram to laud her new healthier lifestyle after she quit drinking. 

She told her fans: ‘9 months sober today! And the beginning of an ab is appearing. Very pleased!’  

Flying solo: The songstress flew to Capri for a solo trip and wrote in one selfie uploaded to Instagram: ‘The only downside to traveling alone is the photo opportunities are limited’

Loved-up: It is thought Lily gave up drinking around the time she started dating her Stranger Things boyfriend David Harbour, 45, (pictured last October)

Happy: When one fan asked: ‘Why are you alone?’, Lily replied: ‘I love travelling alone’

Soaking up the sun: The star looked fresh-faced as she sunbathed on the beach 

Lily revealed she had turned to the bottle when experiencing trouble in her personal life in an interview with Stereogum in 2018.

Lily, who has bi-polar disorder, said: ‘I think I’m a raging co-dependent and then when I feel like I can’t cope, I abuse alcohol and drugs to plaster over some stuff, but I’ve never been somebody that craves a fix.’ 

The Smile hitmaker also previously discussed her year of turmoil in 2013, taking place just months after she gave birth to her second child.

Svelte: Three months ago Lily told her fans: ‘9 months sober today! And the beginning of an ab is appearing. Very pleased!’

Lily admitted she was ‘skidding from festival to festival’, drowning her sorrows. 

She credited her then-husband Sam Cooper from pulling her out of the dark place in her life, and revealed her depression stemmed from the luke-warm reception her music had been receiving. 

Speaking candidly in an interview, Lily reflected: ‘Summer ’13 was a disaster. In short, I was a drunk mess. 

‘I was self-medicating with alcohol and whatever else and Sam was obviously attracted to me when I was like that,’ she told the Sunday Times.

Alcohol abuse: Lily previously credited her then-husband Sam Cooper from pulling her out of the dark place in her life back in 2013 (pictured in 2009)

‘He could see that I was being quite self-destructive and at one point he said, ‘What are you doing? I would really like to be with you, but I can’t be with you if you are going to be like this all the time.’ 

Lily separated from husband Sam Cooper in 2015 after about four years marriage. 

The former couple announced they finalised their divorce in 2018.

They each share joint custody of their two children: daughters Ethel, eight, and Marnie, seven. 

Honest: Lily revealed she had turned to the bottle when experiencing trouble in her personal life

Good for her: But the singer appears much happier now she has found love with David

In 2016, Lily suffered perhaps one of her lowest points after she dramatically collapsed after a hard-drinking session at Notting Hill Carnival.

The singer was pictured swigging Jack Daniels directly from the bottle, guzzling multiple alcoholic beverages and smoking before she was carried out of the bash by her boyfriend at the time MC Meridian Dan. 

As she lived it up at the annual West London street party, Lily appeared to lose control following a binge that she later blamed on being ‘a light weight’ who drank ‘on an empty stomach’ – although in subsequent Twitter messages, Lily admitted a swig of whiskey was ‘the beginning of the end’.  

Lily revealed after her first two records, she began to listen to other people’s suggestions, and hence fell into a downward spiral by trying to please others.

Vulnerable: Lily revealed after her first two records, she began to listen to other people’s suggestions, and hence fell into a downward spiral trying to please others (pictured in 2009)

The Not Fair hitmaker explained to Herald Sun in 2018: ‘I started to drink copious amounts of alcohol in order to get on the stage and get off the stage, get up in the morning…it was pretty bad. It was just a f**king mess.’  

Lily went on to say that she hit rock bottom when her marriage fell apart.

‘The rock bottom was my marriage falling apart. I lost half of my house and everything I built from the success of my first two albums,’ she said.  

By her fourth album No Shame, Lily was able to regain control and get back into a far happier headspace.    

In an interview with Vulture, Lily admitted that she needed the help of others to regain a celebrity image after spending time focusing on her children, and it was then that the control over her image began to slip away.   

Heavy night: Lily is pictured being carried out by a bouncer at the 2008 Glamour Awards 

She said: ‘I was 14 stone [approximately 88 kilograms] and I had to lose all that weight. I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t sleeping. I’d always been in control of my image, but I’d been a mum in slippers and a dressing gown for two years.’   

Lily also admitted that she felt her struggles dealing with fame led her to cheat on husband Sam. 

She added: ‘I lost my sense of self. I lost my identity. I was being a bad mum. I was being bad at my job. I’d wake up on a tour bus in the middle of Wisconsin and be so hung-over.

‘I cheated on my husband. All I wanted to do was be with my kids. I wasn’t even making any money.’   

But despite her past struggles, Lily appears to have bounced back in spectacular form, and said that she and her two children are really close now and have a ‘great relationship.’ 

Addiction: Lily said she used to drink ‘copious amounts of alcohol in order to get on the stage and get off the stage’ (pictured in 2009)

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