April 17, 2007 / 12:34 PM / 13 years ago

"Tired" Lily Allen cancels U.S. tour dates

Singer Lily Allen arrives for the Brit Awards at the Earls Court Arena in London, in this February 14, 2007 file photo. British singer Lily Allen has cancelled the next leg of a tour in the United States in May and June, saying she was tired and not performing as well as she could. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - British singer Lily Allen has cancelled the next leg of a tour in the United States in May and June, saying she was tired and not performing as well as she could.

On her blog page on networking Website www.myspace.com, the 21-year-old denied she was pregnant, exhausted or checking into rehab and added that she would remain in the United States to promote her first album “Alright, Still” and start writing a second.

“I am tired, but more than that I don’t think I have been giving my best performances recently,” wrote Allen, who has a reputation in Britain for being a wild child.

“I have been getting really drunk because I’ve been so nervous about doing bad shows, and I don’t want people spending money on going to see a show that isn’t the best it could be.”

Allen has said in previous blogs that she was finding it hard trying to crack the key U.S. market, something many of Britain’s top acts have failed to do in recent years.

“Is it really important to break America?” she wrote. “If it is, I have to write my life off for the next nine months.”

Allen’s announcement comes days after another 21-year-old British songstress, Lady Sovereign, announced she was cancelling her tour dates this month in Scotland and England due to illness.

The rap star said on her Web site that she was “massively disappointed”.

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