I’d like to hug it out with Noel

LIAM GAL­LAGHER’S FRANKEST IN­TER­VIEW YET

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Front Page - BY HALINA WATTS Showbiz Edi­tor halina.watts@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HE has come through a bit­ter di­vorce, a messy child sup­port bat­tle and re­mains locked in a bit­ter feud with his brother.

So as Liam Gal­lagher sits down, I ex­pect the brash­est man in rock to come out fight­ing.

In­stead he sips on a glass of rosé, puts it down and throws up his hands in a ‘yeah, well’ shrug. “Lis­ten, no one is per­fect,” says the singer. “I made my own mis­takes. Life is full of ups and downs and drama. I live it on the edge.”

Liam in such a philo­soph­i­cal mood is un­nerv­ing. Yet 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***,” says 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.

DRAMA

“I come from a bro­ken f ****** 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 ****** happy be­cause there is a record out and I can bal­ance it with all the drama.”

The for­mer Oa­sis front­man saw his per­sonal life spi­ral out of con­trol in 2013, lead­ing to a £6mil­lion di­vorce from Ni­cole Ap­ple­ton.

Liam is dad to 16-year-old Gene with ex 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.

In his new 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 fills the po­si­tion by his side – a glam­orous 35-year-old who has ar­ranged our in­ter­view at Cote in North Lon­don’s High­gate.

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 ****** top,” he says. “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.” Al­bum track When

I’m In Need is an ode to Debbie. Liam con­fides: “I’ve got more ro­man­tic. I iron Debbie’s clothes. She sorted me right out. Me and her like hav­ing a drink. We like hav­ing a laugh. I’ve met my match, my soul­mate. The kids love her, that’s good.”

And she can bring him down to earth. “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.” Af­ter jok­ing I can be his best man, he says it’s un­likely there will be more kids. “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? “I think the mu­sic in­dus­try is bet­ter with me in it. That’s not me be­ing a big­head, it’s just bet­ter.”

One man he con­sid­ers as cool as him is the late Ge­orge Michael. He re­veals how they formed an un­likely friend­ship af­ter Ge­orge once turned up un­ex­pect­edly at an Oa­sis gig: “We were play­ing Bournemouth and he turns up with three Bana­narama girls. I was go­ing, ‘I’m sure that’s Ge­orge Michael down the front’. Our kid is like ‘f*** off, carry on singing’. But I’m go­ing ‘there is

f ****** Ge­orge Michael down the front pogo­ing’. 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, doc­u­men­tary Free­dom on Chan­nel 4 later this month.

FLOW­ERS

Liam said: “I was well pleased. I was like ‘are you sure you don’t want Noel do­ing it?’ They said ‘no, Ge­orge wants you in it’. So that was nice. Then he sent me some flow­ers, God bless him.”

Af­ter an­other bot­tle of wine, Liam is on to his beauty se­crets – which con­sist of “never ever wash­ing my skin with soap” and go­ing for daily 6am runs. But he reck­ons Noel works out too much. “He looks so mis­er­able, like he’s dy­ing for a f ****** KFC.” Real­is­ing he has just men­tioned his bro, the bravado is lost and Liam ad­mits he wants to end their feud. He in­sists: “I hope we make up. Not just for Oa­sis but for broth­ers.

“Enough is enough now. I know I wind him up. I have put it out there enough times, but I think he doesn’t want to know. 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 adds: “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’s UK tour kicks off in De­cem­ber. Al­bum re­view: Page 38

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