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Lily Allen defends "poor" Cher Lloyd

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Cher Lloyd in concert for the Birmingham leg of 'The X Factor - Live Tour'

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Lily Allen defended Cher Lloyd during a recent Twitter confrontation with News of the World journalist Dan Wootton.

The singer responded after retweeting a message in which Wootton claimed that the 17-year-old will be "begging to be written about in a few months".

"You're a grown man for christ's sake. she is essentially a child. Give the poor thing a break," Allen wrote to Wootton. "I imagine she gets enough s**t from kids her own age,grown ups need not pile in. So she's going through a phase,give her a break (sic)."

However, he hit back: "She's not a "poor thing", believe me. Do you have an opinion on her? She wants to be treated like an adult. What I'm doing. She's going to need support from the press."

Allen replied: "not really. I think she's a kid, eventually she'll find her feet and learn from her mistakes. I do think it quite strange, that someone your age would be so affected by a teenager. she's really not hurting anyone."

Lloyd's father Darren tweeted: "why are you so negative about a pearson you dont even know ?? and write so much crap??" Writing to his daughter this morning, he added: "im sorry you had to wake upto this crap of @danwootton i only wish i know what his problem is with you. we love you."

Thanking Allen for her tweets, Cher commented: "I can't thank u enough! Really appreciate it." Defending herself against claims that she made comments about Cheryl Cole, she asked Wootton: "what on earth have I done to light your fire? I never said anything about cheryl, give me a break!!!!"

Wottoon responded: "Your attitude of entitlement & arrogance about the press has lit my fire.You're in a very lucky position to even be written about. I also don't believe those quotes about Cheryl were made up."

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