I’ve made mistakes but then no one died so just roll with it
Oasis singer, 45, reveals how he’s mellowed after personal dramas
He has come through a bitter divorce and a messy child support battle – and remains locked in a bitter feud with his brother.
So as Liam Gallagher sat down, I expected the brashest man in rock to come out fighting.
Instead he sipped on a glass of rosé wine, put it down and threw up his hands in a “yeah, well” shrug.
“Listen, no one is perfect,” said the singer. “I made my own mistakes. Life is full of ups and downs and drama. I live it on the edge.”
The former Oasis frontman in such a philosophical mood is unnerving.
He wants to tell how he “messed up” his kids’ life but is still a “top dad”. He wants to thank his partner Debbie Gwyther for transforming his life.
Oh, and he wants to patch things up with brother Noel, 50.
“Every now and again, I veer into murky waters and I get myself in a lot of s***,” said the 45-year- old dad of four.
“But I’m not hurting anyone, I haven’t killed anyone and the people I have hurt, I guess I’ve made it up with them.
“Hopefully we can move on with it, get on with our lives. Especially with my kids anyway.
“I know I’ve messed their lives up a bit but it’s not the end of the world. They are still alive. My mum’s alive and we are all doing well.
“I come from a broken f*** ing family and it didn’t do me any harm. I’m a top dad.
“You just have to do the right thing every now and again and no one is perfect. Now I’m f***ing happy because there is a record out and I can balance it with all the drama.”
Liam saw his personal life spiral out of control in 2013, leading to a £ 6million divorce from former All Saints star Nicole Appleton.
Liam is dad to 16-year- old Gene with Nicole, 42, and 18- year- old Lennon with first wife Patsy Kensit.
He also has 20-year-old Molly from a fling with singer Lisa Moorish, as well as Gemma, four, with US journalist Liza Ghorbani.
On his new solo album As You Were, he recounts how his world crumbled after the split with Nicole.
In For What It’s Worth, he sings: “Sometimes we lose our way/I’m sorry for the hurt/I’ll be the first to say, ‘ I made my own mistakes.’”
Now music manager Debbie – a glamorous 35- year- old who has arranged our interview at Cote in North London’s Highgate – is the woman at his side.
Bounding into the restaurant, the lovebirds order rosé.
Two more bottles later, Liam is gushing about his new love as she sits at another table while we chat .“She is f***ing top,” he said.
“She is more hardcore than me. When she goes, she goes. I’m old now, I’m like, I think I’ ll get off and leave her to it.”
I’ m in Need, another track on the album, is an ode to Debbie. Liam admitted: “I’ve got more romantic. I iron Debbie’s clothes. She sorted me right out. “Me and her like having a drink. We like hav ing a laugh. I’ve met my match, m y
soulmate. The kids love her, that’s good.”
And she can bring him down to earth. Liam explained: “Debbie used to run me a nice bubble bath. She doesn’t do that any more. She’s like ‘ f*** you, you’re a d***.
“I love a nice soak in a bath, as girly as it sounds, with a candle, man. You can just relax and come out like a Buddha.”
So – wedding bells soon? “We’ve talked about marriage. Who knows? Third time lucky. I never say never.”
It’s unlikely there will be more kids, though.“Debbie doesn’t want them either. I certainly don’t want any more, got enough.”
Fans have labelled Liam the last true rock and roller. Does he agree? He said: “I think the music industry is better with me
in it. That’s not me being a
bighead, it’s just better.” One man Liam considered as cool as him was George Michael. The pair formed an unlikely friendship after George turned up unexpectedly at an Oasis gig. Liam recalled: “We were playing Bournemouth and he turns up with the Bananarama girls.
“I was going, ‘I’m sure that’s George Michael down the front.’ I met him back at the hotel and he was saying how much he loved the band.”
George, who died on Christmas Day, chose Liam to appear in his final piece of work, the documentary Freedom, which is on Channel 4 later this month.
Liam said: “I was like, ‘Are you sure you don’t want Noel?’ They said, ‘ No, George wants you’. That was nice. Then he sent me some flowers, God bless him.”
After another bottle of wine, Liam is on to his beauty secrets – “never ever washing my skin with soap” and going for daily 6am runs.
He reckons Noel works out too much. “He looks so miserable, like he’s dying for a KFC.” Realising he has mentioned his sibling, the bravado is lost and he admits he wants to end their feud.
He insisted: “I hope we make up. Not just for Oasis but for brothers. Enough is enough now.
“I reckon we would have to meet up and hug it out, as they say.”
Whether it’s the booze or not, Liam seems refreshingly grounded.
He added: “I am more spiritual. Not in a way where I’ve got wind chimes outside my front door and I get up and pray, but I feel connected and protected by the universe. I don’t know why, but I feel in tune with it.”
As You Were is out now and Liam plays the Glasgow SSE Hydro on December 4 as part of his UK tour.
ON GIRLFRIEND DEBBIE GWYTHER– She is top. I’ve met my match and she’s sorted me out ON FATHERHOOD I’m a top dad. You just have to do the right thing every now and then. They are still alive. It’s not the end of the world ON FEUD WITH BROTHER NOEL Enough is enough now. I hope we make it up. I reckon we would have to meet up and hug it out, as they say
HEART TO HEART With reporter Halina
RIFT But Liam wants to make up SOULMATE With new love Debbie DAY OUT Liam with sons and pal