Lily Allen has revealed that she wrote her latest song, Something’s Not Right in honour of her stillborn son. The singer shared the touching story behind the track for the new Peter Pan film ‘Pan’ in tweets to her five million followers, admitting it was unlike her to “discuss it so publicly”.
She tweeted: “Five years ago today I was admitted to hospital. Four days later I delivered a beautiful baby boy, but sadly he didn’t make it.
“Please listen and if you fancy it, you could donate in his memory. Much love, lil x”.
The singer included a link to the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands for donations.
Judith Abela, acting chief executive of Sands spoke recently about the difficulty parents face with a stillborn child:
“The anniversary of a baby’s death is always a very difficult time for bereaved parents and we hope that Lily Allen is okay and feeling supported at this time. Creating memories is something that is really important to parents and their families so we’re really pleased that Lily has been able to do this by writing a song in her baby son’s memory.
Sadly thousands of babies die every year in the UK. In 2013, over 100 babies every week were stillborn or died soon after birth.
Stillbirth is not rare and it’s a tragedy that doesn’t discriminate.”
Abela has said the the charity is very grateful for Lily Allen’s support and says that donations are needed to keep the foundation going. She added: “That’s why we really appreciate Lily Allen very kindly asking people to donate to Sands in memory of her baby son.”
Allen, mum to Ethel, four, and Marnie, two, with husband Sam Cooper has previously spoken out about the devastation of losing her son in November 2010 when she was six months pregnant.
“It was horrendous and something I would not wish on my worst enemy.
It’s something that I still haven’t dealt with. I never will get over it. I have dealt with it, you know, as being at one with it.
But it’s not something that you get over. I held my child and it was really horrific and painful – one of the hardest things that can happen to a person.”
Allen, who married Cooper in 2011, said the family have a stone in their garden with their son’s name on.
Allen also suffered a miscarriage in 2008 while with her former partner Ed Simons from the Chemical Brothers. The couple broke up shortly after.
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