Lily Allen was publicly thrown out of the 2008 Glamour Awards. Now she's shared the full story.

When Brooke Rogers, a writer for the New York Post, asked her Twitter followers to share “the best reason you’ve been kicked out of an event, building or group,” she probably didn’t expect to unravel the mystery of Lily Allen‘s controversial exit from the 2008 Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

But among a flood of responses, Allen posted paparazzi images of her being carried out of the event by security. At the time, the British press assumed she was drunk, suggesting she’d had one too many free champagnes.

In 2018, Allen told her nearly six million Twitter followers that alcohol wasn’t the reason she had to be escorted by security.

“Someone gave me a line of what I assumed to be cocaine at the Glamour awards once,” she wrote. “But it turned out to be Ketamine. I was thrown out (passed over some railings)… for being in a k hole.”


“Well, actually they put me into an empty taxi, and then the paps caught wind, so my assistant shouted ‘go go go’,” the 33-year-old added.

“Obviously I couldn’t talk, or direct the driver so my assistant instructed the occupant of the car behind to ‘follow that cab’ — I believe the occupant was [British comedian and TV presenter] Alan Carr, I have no idea what happened next.”

In a subsequent tweet, Alan Carr confirmed the story, saying “I followed in the car behind with her brother Alfie — but we some how got there before her but then she was put straight to bed and I remember helping myself to a vodka and chatting with Alfie and Sam Sparro most of the night.”

According to the Centre for Health, Identity, Behaviour and Prevention Studies at New York University, a ‘k hole’ causes a person to “experience an inability to move followed by a total disconnect from physical sensations as hallucinations start to take shape”.

Physical and psychological symptoms include out-of-body experiences, a sense of invincibility, limited awareness of the surrounding environment, an inability to feel pain, slurred speech, and an abnormally fast heart rate. The way ketamine affects a person’s ability to move means it is sometimes used as a date rape drug.

When Allen shared her story, many Twitter users argued she shouldn’t be admitting to or endorsing drug use.

“Is this really something to glamorise/be proud of?” wrote one woman, to which Allen replied, “Probably not, did you have a point?”

Another man weighed in on the singer’s ethics, writing “So u make yaself [sic] out to be all good etc and a good person when in reality ya just an anti British anti history coke head.”

Her response was a simple gif of a woman nodding sarcastically.

Allen ultimately had the last word in the ongoing commentary, tweeting, “When you take shame off the table they have nothing. LOL.”