Singer Lily Allen has suffered a miscarriage, it has been confirmed.

The Sun reports that the pop star recently returned to the UK after a holiday in the Maldives and cites the 22-year-old's publicist as saying that she had lost her child.

Allen's representative told the paper: "We can confirm that Lily Allen has suffered a miscarriage.

"She and her partner Ed Simons will be making no further comment and we ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."

Reports that Allen was expecting a baby with 37-year-old boyfriend Ed Simons were confirmed by her publicist in December. Speaking at the time, the Smile star said she was looking forward to spending more time at home after the birth of her first child.

Allen even said she was willing to retire in her mid-twenties in order to focus on raising a family.

She told the Sun recently: "I've looked forward to being stable my whole life. My parents are amazing, but it has been a whirlwind upbringing.

"I have got my eye on the prize, which is having kids and getting married and cooking dinner and doing homework with my children."

The singer met the Chemical Brothers star at a concert in September 2007.

18/01/2008 07:36:39