Allen thanks fans after having baby
Lily Allen has spoken publicly for the first time since the birth of her baby girl in a message to her Twitter followers.
The Smile singer, who lost a baby six months into a pregnancy last year and suffered a miscarriage in 2008, is known to have given birth last week although no official announcement has been made.
In a message on the social media website tonight, she wrote: "Thank you for all the flowers and lovely messages everybody. Very touching indeed. Nuff luv x x."
The 26-year-old, who now goes by her married name of Cooper, is usually a regular Twitter user but had not posted any messages for more than a week.
Her last one had been the brief "Totes amaze" on November 25 - the day she is understood to have given birth.
Lily's sister, Sarah Owen, wrote on the site: "I LOVE my little niece! She's the sweetest little thing ever!! So proud of little sis @MrsLRCooper xxx."
Lily, 26, who lives in Gloucestershire with her husband Sam Cooper, whom she married in the summer, had often said her dream was to live in the country and have children.
Among celebrities to have congratulated her on Twitter are Myleene Klass who wrote "congrats".
Presenter and actress Amanda Holden, who is expecting her second child, tweeted: "Massive congrats to Lily and Sam! Such good news. Xxxx."