Ronson: "Lily Was A Brat!"
She lashed out at a snapper the other night and it seems Ms Allen has always had a fiery side...
Mark Ronson has revealed his mate Lily Allen was a little brat who showered him with abuse when they first met.
The super producer, who heard her raw material over a year ago and went on to twiddle the knobs on her smash debut album, told MTV.co.uk, "I first met her at a club where her boyfriend (Ronson's mate) was DJing, and she was being kind of bratty.
"She was like 19 or 20 and she was just giving me this attitude like, I dont care if youre some big sh*t New York DJ or whatever, youre an idiot!
"I kind of enjoy light-hearted abuse like that in a conversation so it was cool," he continued. "(But) I remember her talking about her music the next few times I saw her and just thinking, Everyone deserves a shot but Im not sure Im dying to hear this 19 year old girl's demo right now."
Fortunately, however, a long haul flight gave Ronson the perfect excuse to give it a blast - and he quickly changed his mind.
"I thought, 'Wow, this is really f*cking good.' So I called her and said, 'I know these are your demos, but can I play ('Smile') on my radio show in New York?' And she was like, Yeah, sure.'"
That marked the beginnings of Lily's speedy climb to the top, but not without a little help from Rons. He told us, I remember I had to use my Air Miles to get her to come out to New York and and I put her up in a hotel.
"From when we started working together to where shes come now - its ridiculous! We got a MySpace (around the same time) and she'd be like, Ronson Im killing you on plays!'
So is the new world-famous Lily less of a "brat" than she was?
"She's definitely grown up... but Lily doesnt have an internal bullshit filter, thats how I think of her! She was saying something about US Customs the other day and Im like, 'Youre such an idiot, do you want to get full naked searched every time you come to this country?!'"
"But that's why people like her, because she's very honest and very real."
Ronson's amazing Smiths/Supremes cover, 'Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before' hits the stores on April 9. We reckon it's this year's 'Crazy'.