‘Nepo babies’ like me are scapegoats and deserve sympathy

Allen is the daughter of Keith Allen, the actor, and Amanda Owen, the film producer. One of her first jobs as a teenager was playing a lady-in-waiting in Elizabeth, the Cate Blanchett film which Owen was producing.

In a series of posts on social media, Allen, 37, described herself as a “nepo baby” but did not criticize her own parents, instead describing them as “super talented”.

She said: “I am nearly 40 years of age and am more than happy, in fact, I think it’s important to disclose what a privileged upbringing I’ve had and how that has created so many opportunities for me.

I mention my age because I haven’t always been able to have that conversation. In my twenties I felt very defensive about it, I felt like I worked extremely hard and that I deserved the success I had, that people connected to my songs and that the songs came from me.

“I also had quite a fraught relationship with some of my family members so it felt difficult for me to attribute my successes to them, at the time. But we all know it’s more complicated than that.”

Celebrities who have been labeled as “nepo babies” include Brooklyn Beckham, who is currently trying to launch a career as a chef, and Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis.


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