Noel Gallagher: Liam was too young for fame

Noel Gallagher believes his brother Liam Gallagher went "berserk" in the 90s because he was too young to handle the money and fame that came with Oasis' success.

Noel and Liam Gallagher
Noel and Liam Gallagher

Noel Gallagher thinks his brother Liam Gallagher went "berserk" at the height of Oasis' fame because he was too young to handle it.

The 47-year-old musician is convinced his younger sibling became a rock 'n' roll hellraiser in the 90s because he was a "multimillionaire" by the age of 19 and had the money and freedom to do whatever he wanted.

Speaking about Liam in an interview in The Times newspaper, Noel mused: "At the age of 19 he left my mum's house, got on the train to London and moved in with Patsy Kensit. I still feel ... the word's not sorry for him, but with all the madness that went on in the 90s I could deal with it because I knew what it was like to be normal, and I was driving everything in an artistic way. People were asking Liam about songwriting in interviews and he didn't have a clue. I think that's why he went berserk."

Liam, 42, has endured a turbulent last couple of years, divorcing his wife Nicole Appleton, fathering a love child with American journalist Liza Ghorbani, setting up home with his new girlfriend Debbie Gwyther and disbanding his post-Oasis band Beady Eye after making two albums.

Despite the apparent chaos in his brother's life, Noel doesn't think Liam lets anything bother him because he "walks on air".

The 'Dying of the Light' singer - who has just released his second solo album 'Chasing Yesterday' - said: "He's (Liam's) just one of those guys, and we all know them: the kind who couldn't care less if things are working or not because they're off sh***ing some bird. When I was growing up there was always some 50-year-old mod guy who swaggered up in the park and said, 'All right, knobheads?' That could have been Liam. He's not a grafter. He walks on air. He needs people like me, worrying about the amps sound and so on."

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