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"I don't forgive." Noel Gallagher's complicated relationship with his brother Liam.

Former Oasis band members, and brothers, Liam and Noel Gallagher, have been famously feuding for years. This week, Noel, 52, gave an interview to The Guardian, where he made it clear there would be no reconciliation with Liam, 46, anytime soon.

“I liked my mum until she gave birth to Liam,” Noel brutally admitted.

“I can’t stand his voice,” he later added.

Noel also accused his brother of making “unsophisticated music” because he’s an “unsophisticated man”.

Yep, there’s probably no going back from any of that.

The interview comes following a texting scandal involving Anaïs, Noel’s 19-year-old daughter, earlier this year.

On June 29, Liam was to perform at the Glastonbury Music Festival. The Sun reports that Noel’s wife Sara MacDonald wrote on Instagram:

“Think I’m going to swerve that. The fat twat doing his tribute act, balancing a tambourine on his head is going to look pretty dated.”

In response, Liam reportedly messaged Anaïs: “Tell your step mam to be very careful [sic].”

But Liam then retracted the comment, and apologised on Twitter to “my beautiful mum Peggy and my lovely niece Anaïs for getting caught up in all of this childish behaviour.”

In reference to the text to his daughter, Noel told The Guardian:

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

“When he’s threatening my wife via my teenage daughter, I’m thinking, you know, if you weren’t a rock star… you’d be getting a visit from the police.”

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Noel and Liam Gallagher. Image: Getty.
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And Noel has no plans to forgive his brother for this recent transgression.

“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 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.”

And, just incidentally, what was Noel’s opinion on Liam’s Glastonbury performance?

“I don’t think I’ve ever been so embarrassed for a man in my entire life,” he said.

The history of the Gallagher brothers’ feud.

The band behind the song 'Wonderwall' began in 1991, and by 1994, despite their enormous success, the brothers were publicly feuding whilst working together.

In September 1994, at the Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles, according to reports, Liam began abusing the band, and threw a tambourine at his brother. Noel walked out, and later returned. The band turned the incident into the song, 'Talk Tonight'.

In May the following year, during the recording of the band’s album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, Liam brought visitors to the studio, disrupting Noel, who responded by reportedly hitting his brother over the head with a cricket bat. The infamous bat was later sold at auction.

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Oasis split in 2009. Image: Getty.
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Oasis was to perform at the MTV Unplugged show in 1996, but Liam pulled out, citing illness. The band performed without him, and Liam sat in the audience and heckled them.

With bad blood continuing to brew over the years, Noel and Liam then had a public fight in Barcelona in May 2000, after Liam questioned the paternity of Noel’s new baby girl, Anaïs, with his former wife Meg Mathews. Noel was so incensed, he didn't complete the rest of the European tour with the band.

Finally in August 2009, under mounting tension between the brothers, Oasis was forced to split.

They were due to play at Chelmsford, but cancelled as Liam reportedly had laryngitis. Infuriated, Noel announced that his brother was in fact “hungover”, leading Liam to sue for defamation.

He dropped the legal action, but the damage was done, with the last straw being later that month in Paris, when Liam wielded Noel’s guitar around on stage like a weapon.

Noel said in statement: “I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”

The brothers have since pursued solo careers, and continued regularly bickering via social media; an example being last year, when Liam tweeted about Noel not performing at the Manchester terror attack tribute concert.

Noel was forced to respond, explaining he was away, and had instead made a donation.

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In July last year, Liam also tweeted his brother that he wanted an Oasis reunion.

“I forgive you now let's get the BIG O back together and stop fucking about the drinks are on me LG x”.

Noel didn’t respond.


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