Liam Gallagher would rather rely on wheelchair than go through with hip surgery for arthritis

Liam Gallagher performs on day 1 at Leeds Festival on 27 August 2021 in Leeds, UK. Picture date: Friday 27 August 2021. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment.
Liam Gallagher admitted he is scared of hip replacement surgery. (PA)

Liam Gallagher has admitted he would rather rely on a wheelchair than go through with hip replacement surgery to treat his arthritis.

The 49-year-old Roll With It singer has been battling chronic pain caused by the joint condition for several years, but confessed he is scared of having an operation to help ease his symptoms, because it involves breaking his hips.

Gallagher told Mojo magazine: “I asked the lady what the downside was: ‘You might die in surgery. It’s a one in a million chance.’ F*** off. I’m not going to crisp it having my hip cracked, thank you.

"I’d rather be in a wheelchair with Debbie pushing me around, like Little Britain.”

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The former Oasis singer was comparing himself and girlfriend of 10 years Debbie Gwyther to David Walliams and Matt Lucas' sitcom characters Lou and Andy.

David Walliams and Matt Lucas as 'Lou and Andy' during Little Britain DVD Signing at HMV in London in 2006.
David Walliams and Matt Lucas as their Little Britain characters Lou and Andy. (Getty Images)

Gallagher said a doctor had diagnosed his arthritis as "bad" and described his own bones as "mashed up". He admitted he was in a lot of pain and struggled to sleep at night.

The Stand By Me singer said: "I'm definitely on the downwards slide. My eyes are f***ed, my hips are f***ed, got the old thyroid. When the weather’s cold my hips are like, snap, crackle and pop . I need warmth.

“I can’t sleep at night for the pain, tossing and turning. So I’m on the herbal sleeping tablets and they’ve saved my life. One of them: seven hours out – no pain, nothing."

Liam Gallagher (L) and Debbie Gwyther girlfriend at The Q Awards 2017
Liam Gallagher and girlfriend Debbie Gwyther. (Getty Images)

But Gallagher admitted he felt there was a "stigma" to having a hip replacement, despite admitting that if he had the operation it would "fix" him and he would be able to, "do it all".

The Slide Away singer said he would rather endure the pain because it, "Keeps you on your toes."

He added: “But it’s also the stigma, saying you’ve had your hips replaced... What’s next?”

In 2019 the Live Forever singer told Q Magazine he was having acupuncture to treat his arthritis — because he felt it was "rock 'n' roll".

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: EDITORIAL USE ONLY Liam Gallagher performs during The BRIT Awards 2022 at The O2 Arena on February 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for BRIT Awards Limited)
Liam Gallagher said he has to keep warm to ease joint pain. (Getty Images)

Gallagher said: "This geezer is mega, he doesn’t f*** about. He gets the needles and whacks them in.

"He sorts it but it keeps coming back. Acupuncture is alright, at least it’s needles.

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"I can convince myself it’s still a bit rock ‘n’ roll.”

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