Williams was speaking to Apple Music‘s Zane Lowe as part of a new interview about his recent Number One album ‘XXV’ and his music career. Asked about his relationship with Gallagher and Oasis, Williams said: “Ultimately, I’m a huge fan of Oasis and [always] was. I was there and I was part of it, and it was fucking unbelievable: incredible hedonism, reckless abandon and rock’n’roll, and ‘let’s turn it to 11, 12 and let’s see where this goes’. It’s part of that competitive nature of me, too.”
He continued: “Also they were gigantic bullies too, to the whole industry, everybody in it – and I didn’t like that. A lot of that still remains inside me. They’re probably different people now but there’s a lot of me that’s like, ‘They’re fucking bullies, them. I don’t like bullies’.”
Gallagher took to Instagram today (November 4) to respond to Williams’ comments and deny any accusations of bullying.
“I agree with him on the vital ting not on the bully thing,” he said. “I’ve never bullied anyone in my life I’m a massive piss taker for sure and probably gone a little too far sometimes, but if I’ve ever hurt anyone’s feelings I apologise.”
I agree with him on the vital ting not on the bully thing I’ve never bullied anyone in my life I’m a massive piss taker for sure and probably gone a little too far sometimes but if I’ve ever hurt anyone’s feelings I apologise
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) November 4, 2022
Elsewhere in the interview, Williams said that he felt Gallagher now “looks as though he’s changed” and that he found his personality “vital”.
“He’s doing fine. And he’s rocking it,” Williams said. “The great thing about being a fan of Oasis is when Liam comes out with a great album, I can be a fan. The great thing about being resentful towards them is when they don’t, I’m happy. I win on both sides.
Liam Gallagher and Robbie Williams at Glastonbury Festival in 1995 (Picture: Getty)
“It’s so genuine, Liam’s last album that he put out: there’s like five or six tracks on there that are just like… I’m so glad he exists. I’m so glad that he is a personality out there that’s vital, because there’s not many of them about. And especially in this day and age where pop stars can’t say and do and be personalities, it’s fantastic that there’s a Liam Gallagher in the world.”
Robbie Williams, meanwhile, will soon play two special concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He’s also set to headline the Isle Of Wight Festival 2023 alongside Pulp, George Ezra and The Chemical Brothers.
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