Lily Allen says being married is better than she ever imagined.

The 27-year-old singer tied the knot with Sam Cooper last year and she admits the union has surpassed all her expectations and feels very blessed with her life.

Lily - who is currently pregnant with the couple's second child - said: ''I know that I'm very lucky. Marriage has been everything I hoped for and more.

''I have a nice house and a housekeeper and a personal assistant, and I also have a great husband who helps me a lot. I couldn't do it on my own.''

Lily - who has an 11-month-old daughter, Ethel, with Sam - also revealed how she won't be bringing her children up in the same way she was raised.

The 'Smile' hitmaker - daughter of actor Keith Allen and his ex-wife Alison Owen - told The Sun newspaper: ''When you have kids you do look at your parents and think, 'Would I bring up my child the same way?', and the answer is, not necessarily.

''I was taken to the Glastonbury Festival every year but I won't be taking Ethel there - although that's more for selfish reasons, because I want to go and enjoy myself!''