Lily Allen had a different name when she was born – here’s why it changed

Lily Allen has revealed she was born with an entirely different name.

The actor and singer spent the first few days of her life under another name, explaining the story on her BBC podcast, Miss Me?, with her close friend Miquita Oliver. 

Together, they interviewed Grammy-award-winning singer Billie Eilish

“My name was Billie for the first few days of my life,” Allen revealed, shocking her longtime best friend, Oliver, who she’s known since birth. 

Watch the video above.

READ MORE: Natalie Portman shares gratitude for friends after divorce

Allen says her parents, Alison Owen and comedian Keith Allen, decided Billie didn’t suit her anymore, changing her name to Lily.

“I was called Billie, and then my mum was like, ‘Nah, she doesn’t look like a Billie, she’s a Lily’,” the Not Fair singer said.

Coincidentally, Oliver has Billie as her middle name, sharing that she was named after Billie Holiday.

Eilish explained her name was inspired by her late grandfather, whom she’d never met before. 

READ MORE: Emilia Clark’s fears after surviving two brain aneurysms

Lily Allen

During the episode, the trio also discussed their experiences of being ghosted, with Eilish sharing her “unbelievable” ghosting experience.

READ MORE: King Charles confirmed to attend extravagant event

“I’ve been ghosted for sure. It was literally unbelievable. To this day, he never texted me again. I was like, ‘Did you die? Did you literally die?'”

“It was somebody I’d known for years and had a plan, the day of, on the phone, making a plan. This is my address, be there at 3pm – never heard from him again. Ever. I couldn’t believe it.”

Billie Eilish in February 2024

Eilish called the person who ghosted her a “little pathetic man,” revealing she discovered he was alive and well, dating someone else.

“I was like ‘oh’. I didn’t know people still did that. I genuinely didn’t know people did that. What a f—ing little pathetic man. What a tiny little man.” 

FOLLOW US ON WHATSAPP HERE: Stay across all the latest in celebrity, lifestyle and opinion via our WhatsApp channel. No comments, no algorithm and nobody can see your private details.