Singer Lily Allen has come in for criticism after suggesting cocaine use can be acceptable for some people.

The Smile star appeared to condone the use of the Class A substance in an interview with the Metro, claiming friends who regularly take the drug are able to lead a normal life.

"I know lots of people that take cocaine three nights a week and get up and go to work every day, no problem at all," the 24-year-old said.

"But we never hear that side of the story. I have no statement to make, I just wish people wouldn't sensationalise this thing that just exists.

"The only story is that drugs are bad and they will kill you - you will become a prostitute, a rapist or a dealer. But that's not true."

Allen has previously admitted to taking drugs but stressed she no longer did so.

Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve yesterday said her comments were "naive".

"There is no doubt that drugs fuel crime and wreck lives,' he told the Daily Mail.

"It's naive to assume there isn't human misery and suffering associated with every drug transaction somewhere along the line."

Lily Allen releases her new single The Fear on January 26th

07/01/2009 10:16:17