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06th Aug 2019

“I don’t forgive people” – Noel Gallagher opens fresh war of words with his brother

Dave Hanratty

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Yeah, that Oasis reunion is never happening.

Call this writer a cynic, but for years now I’ve thought that the ongoing feud between the brothers Gallagher is all one great ploy to generate interest for an inevitable reunion.

And I’d like to just underline at this stage that I still think it will happen. Money, innit.

That said, and in light of Noel Gallagher’s latest major interview, okay, maybe it won’t.*

In a lengthy conversation with the Guardian on Monday, the elder Gallagher statesman firmly admonished his opposite number, repeatedly, with extreme relish.

In recent weeks, Noel has arguably come off worse in his clash with Lewis Capaldi, though, again, it’s not like these scrapes don’t ultimately benefit both parties.

As for Liam, well it’s not like Noel hasn’t recently been getting his digs in or anything, but this latest flurry has really kicked things up a notch.

As noted by his interviewer, Gallagher’s demeanour changed significantly when the subject of his brother was raised, switching from jovial to visibly angry.

Asked specifically to elaborate on his comments that Liam has intimidated women, Noel said:

“That’s not the first time he’s sent texts to my daughter, or left threatening phone calls on my wife’s answering machine.

“So when he’s threatening my wife via my teenage daughter, I’m thinking, you know, if you weren’t a rock star, if you were just an uncle who worked in a garage, you’d be getting a visit from the police. But because you’re a rockstar, wahey, you get away with that shit.”

Following that, Noel nodded when asked if it has gone beyond a scenario in which the two could make peace.

“Because I’ve got one fatal flaw in my otherwise perfect makeup as a human being, which is I don’t forgive people,” he explained.

“Once you start texting my children – and his two sons have been going for her, too – and legitimise my wife being bullied on the internet, where she has to shut down Instagram accounts because of the vile shit being written about her and my daughter, then it ain’t happening.”

As for specifically addressing said potential Oasis reunion and if this is indeed all some kind of pro-wrestling beef, Noel did his utmost to shoot things down.

“I wish it was,” he laughed.

“It boils down to, on a personal level, fuck him. But also, artistically, why do it again?”

You can read the full interview in which Noel expands on the last time he encountered Liam – a Manchester City match, wouldn’t you know – as well as general thoughts on grime and Jeremy Corbyn here.

*It will.

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