Allen Vows To Keep Her Kids Out Of The Spotlight

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June 11, 2010 | 11:05am EST

British singer Lily Allen has vowed to shun her celebrity friends when she has children – because she doesn’t want her kids to suffer the glare of publicity.
The Smile hitmaker wants to have a baby with boyfriend Sam Cooper “within a year” once her planned hiatus from recording and touring begins.

And she is adamant her kids won’t have the same upbringing she endured with her actor father Keith Allen – she intends to “shelter” them from her celebrity lifestyle.

Allen tells Britain’s Glamour magazine, “A part of the way I became who I became was because I was subjected to a certain lifestyle from a really early age. My parents hung out with famous people, but we didn’t necessarily reap the same financial benefits. So there was a part of me thinking, ‘I wanna be like those people.’ And once I’d achieved it, it didn’t make me happy.

“So I don’t want to put my kids in that position. I’d rather set up businesses, put a roof over our heads, then move to the country to shelter them for a bit.”