Lily Allen Kicks Herself for Not Getting Into the Bitcoin Business
By Shannon Carlin
“About 5 years ago someone asked me to stream a gig live on second life for hundreds of thousNds of bitcoins,” Allen wrote on Jan. 5. “‘as if’ I said. #Idiot #Idiot.”
Lily Allen (@lilyallen) January 05, 2014
Back in 2009, Allen was asked to livestream one of her performances into Second Life, an online virtual world where people can create their own environment and interact with other people via avatars. The catch being that they would pay her in bitcoins. As the story goes, Allen said no thanks, something she regrets now.
But you certainly can’t blame the girl for being skeptical about a brand new digital currency — Bitcoin was created in 2009 — that doesn’t involve any middleman, like, say, a bank.
Back then, the currency was worth nearly nothing, but today, as Mashable points out, one hundred thousand bitcoins would be worth about $91,200,000. Yeah, that’s a lot of coin.
Other stars have already starting leaping on the Bitcoin bandwagon including Snoop Dogg, Childish Gambino and Mel B, who announced that she’s the first artist to officially accept bitcoins as payment for her new single, “For Once in My Life.”