'No, it wasn't a swinging cat… that was me trying to sing!' Lily Allen makes surprise stage comeback at Stone Roses gig
22:00 GMT, 30 June 2012
Just a week after confirming that she is back in the studio recording new music, Lily Allen has made a surprise appearance on stage – almost two years after her last public performance.
The unexpected comeback took place at the Stone Roses gig at Heaton Park in Manchester, where her good friend Professor Green was a support act.
The 27-year-old joined him onstage midway through his set, casual in a Stone Roses T-shirt and jacket, to perform their 2010 duet Just Be Good To Green.
Surprise! Lily Allen made her onstage comeback with Professor Green at the Stone Roses gig on Saturday singing their 2010 duet Just Be Good To Green
Support: Professor Green was one of the support acts ahead of the main event in Heaton Park, Manchester
Lily just stayed for the one track, leaving the stage to let Green get on with his other hits Read All About It, I Need You Tonight, and Remedy.
Lily tweeted after the performance: 'No @professorgreen wasn't swinging a cat around on stage @heatonpark that was me trying to sing. loved it, thanks manchester x x x' (sic)
She had earlier joked that the lyrics would need to be printed out for her, as it had 'been a while.'
'Loved it!' Lily tweeted after the event, joking that her singing was a little out of tune
Something in the works: Professor Green hinted that fans could expect a cameo
Earlier today, Green had hinted that
something might be in the works, tweeting: 'If @lilyrosecooper arrives
here before I'm due on stage should we try to persuade her to join me'
One of her last onstage appearances was with Professor Green at KOKO club in Camden, performing the same song.
Lily, who now goes by her married name Cooper, thrilled her fans earlier this month when she confirmed that she was coming out of 'retirement' by writing n Twitter that she was back in the studio with her old collaborator Greg Kurstin.
'Mums on tour': Holly Willoughby, who was at the gig, tweeted a picture of herself with Lily later in the evening
'It's been a while': One of the last times Lily performed in public was when she sang Just Be Good To Green in October 2010
She wrote: 'You will be pleased to know that i am currently in the f**king studio with @GregKurstin.'
'No big deal really, i'm just throwing s**t at the wall and seeing if anything sticks.(sic)' she added.
Kurstin worked with Lily on her two albums and has also collaborated with Kelly Clarkson and Marina and the Diamonds.
Lily was snapped outside a record studio in April, but has kept mum on her plans to return to the industry until now.
Back to work: The singer was snapped outside a recording studio back in April
An insider told the Daily Star at the time that writing music for the Bridget Jones musical made her crave making records again.
Lily left the music scene to focus on fashion, opening a vintage clothing boutique, Lucy In Disguise, with her sister.
She then retired to the country to focus on family life with husband Sam Cooper and their baby Ethel, who was born in November.
The source said in April that her new family has inspired her to take a new direction with her music.
Wife and mother: Lily has been focusing on family life with husband Sam Cooper and baby Ethel
They added: 'Lily wants a more mature sound and is penning tracks about Ethel and Sam.'
Lily previously admitted she missed performing live but knew it was important to put her family first.
Speaking when she was pregnant with
Ethel, she said: 'When I go to gigs and stuff, I get a slight pang of
envy and I think, “Oh I do miss being up on that stage.” But I have
other priorities at the moment.'
Lily released her last album, It's Not Me, It's You, in 2009, and last performed solo in August 2010.
Never coming back: Lily, pictured at Glastonbury in 2009, announced that she was leaving the music industry two years ago