Lily Allen has branded the music industry "sexist", insisting it's much harder for young female singers to be taken seriously.
The British pop star is convinced male artists are given an easy ride to fame, while women have to fight their way to the top.
She blames record label executives for creating a "sexist" atmosphere which is prevalent throughout the music industry.
The Smile singer tells the Liverpool Daily Post, "It's more about being a young female, because I think that men can get away with things. Being a 30-year-old young man, you can get away with more than being a 30-year-old young woman. Within a professional environment I don't think that you can get away with as much being a woman as you can being a man.
"I think that people assume that with people like Duffy and Adele and me and Amy (Winehouse) that we are puppets being run by some men and some big, more powerful men in the background, whereas I don't think people would think the same about Paolo Nutini and James Morrison, you know, quite frankly, you know. The sort of legalities and stuff have come a long way in that sense, but there's definitely an undertone of sexism that exists everywhere."