Robbie Williams reignites 30-year Noel Gallagher feud with cutting jibe

-Credit: (Image: Gus Stewart/Redferns)
-Credit: (Image: Gus Stewart/Redferns)


Robbie Williams has shown that words can stick, as he continues his long-running feud with Noel Gallagher. The former Take That frontman and the Oasis icon, alongside his brother Liam Gallagher, have been entangled in this bitterness since the 1990s.

This past weekend, Robbie - who grew up in Tunstall and Burslem - further provoked the situation during his BST Hyde Park concert. The audience witnessed him stride onto the enormous stage holding a small cardboard cutout of Noel.

After patting the figure's head, seemingly making light of Noel's stature, he commenced his performance. Notably, Robbie chose to perform Oasis' chart-topper Don't Look Back In Anger at the gig.

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The performance also saw him collaborate with Gaz Coombes, the lead vocalist of the '90s band Supergrass, performing their classic hit Alright.

Insult exchanges between Robbie and the Gallagher brothers were commonplace during their initial career days, with Port Vale fan Robbie once daring Liam for a £100,000 boxing bout at the 2000 Brit Awards, reports the Mirror.

Noel provocatively labelled him 'that fat dancer from Take That'. In 2022, Robbie slammed both Liam and Noel, calling them 'gigantic bullies'.

Nonetheless, the She's The One artist confessed being an ardent fan of their band and the 'incredible hedonism and reckless abandon and rock 'n' roll' they embodied.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on his Apple Music 1 show, he admitted that his own competitive streak played a part.

In commenting on his complex dynamic with Oasis, Robbie counterbalanced: "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."

Robbie added that it is 'vital' there are pop stars who can be 'personalities' He admitted: "It's fantastic that there's a Liam Gallagher in the world." Yet, Robbie also shared how the constant jibes were 'unbearable' as he had comments not only from the Gallaghers but also the rock scene and sections of the media.

It left him depressed and eventually inspired his move to Los Angeles in 2004. Robbie previously said: “My brand of entertainment wasn’t deemed worthy because of how I presented myself. There was a culture of ‘Robbie Williams is not cool’. That was apart from the three million people who bought my albums.

“Every time I watched TV programmes, there were people being hateful about me. That was just wrong and grotesque. It was unbearable. I just left the country. Liam said that I should be hung, Noel said I was ‘the fat dancer from Take That’. I remember every single syllable of every single thing they’ve ever said about me.”

Robbie and Liam initially started as friends in 1995 after Robbie quit Take That, and they spent a weekend together at the Glastonbury Festival. Liam appeared to patch things up between them in 2020 after learning Robbie's dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Yet, the Take That star said at the time he couldn't forgive Noel. He told the Talent Takes Practice podcast: “I could talk for two hours about why Noel’s s***. Isn’t it interesting what a few words can do to your whole life? I’m not healed.”

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