The decision to publish the interview in the Guardian’s G2 magazine was met with a wave of criticism on Twitter.
The Guardian responded to disapproving comments on the social media site by claiming that it had been ‘fully supported’ to run the interview by Chalmers.
However, Chalmers later said that this was untrue. Writing on his Twitter account, he said: ‘Very annoying to hear that The Guardian are apparently claiming I supported their decision to print the Lily Allen interview today.’
The Guardian had earlier tweeted: ‘We contacted her PR yesterday to see if Lily would rather we didn't publish. He supported publication of interview, thanked us for asking.’
However, Phil Hall, founder and chairman, Phil Hall Associates suggested Allen had no grounds to complain about the article. He said:
‘Lily Allen is someone who courts publicity absolutely unmercifully. She’s always chasing profiles. She recently said she was standing down and then does the interview with The Guardian. I don’t think she can really complain that they’ve gone ahead and published it. I don’t think it was particularly insensitive.’
He added: ‘The editor has the right to publish in his newspaper what he thinks is right and proper and it’s a judgement and a taste call for him. The publicist doesn’t have the right to say whether something runs or not.’