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George Michael said Noel Gallagher was 'not an intelligent man' amid feud with Oasis star

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 7 days ago

Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher has hit the headlines recently after he decided to share his opinions about Little Mix 's recent historic Brit Award win.

Over the years, the Manchester-born star, 54, hasn't been shy about airing his views about his peers in the music industry and almost 20 years ago, the late George Michael was the victim of one his rants.

In a 2003 BBC interview, the much-loved singer, who sadly passed away in December 2016, was talking to Tim Sebastian about his opposition to the Iraq war when the comments the Oasis songwriter had made about his sexuality were brought up.

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The late singer was being interviewed regarding his opposition to the Iraq war.
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George Michael was speaking on the show BBC Hard Talk, which aired on February 25, 2003.

At the time, Noel had offered his views about George's latest song, Shoot the Dog, which was a satire statement about then Prime Minister Tony Blair's relationship with US President George W Bush, depicting Mr Blair as a poodle in its cartoon video.

The show's host informed the Wham! star of Noel's review, saying: "You’ve moved this into the mainstream. Now Noel Gallagher says, 'George Michael is now trying to make social comment, this is a guy who hid who he actually was from the public for 20 years and now all of a sudden he’s going to say something about the world? I find it laughable, and that’s of course before he gets into the song being diabolical.' "

The late singer calmly reacted to the attack from the Oasis co-founder.

"Well, I’m, I think that’s a laughable statement. What? The fact that I did not want to share my sexuality with the world, in this current media atmosphere," he replied to the BBC presenter.

"The fact that I did not want to share my sexuality with the world means that I have no right to talk about politics. This is not an intelligent man. He’s not someone you should throw quotes at me from, really."

The Careless Whisper singer was one of the first celebrities to speak out about the Iraq war in 2003.

When Tim Sebastian questioned whether his opposition was because "it's fashionable", the late star was quick to dismiss that claim.

He explained that he was actually reluctant to be on the show.

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The loved singer sadly passed away in 2016 (Image: Getty Images)

"In all honesty, I was kinda first out of the trenches in terms of entertainers that were going to get behind something which would divide….which at the time was so divisive," he said.

"That if you’re approaching a subject that is divisive as Iraq was six or eight months ago, then you’re taking a big risk as an entertainer. Because you’re going to alienate a lot of people, and I did, very, very quickly. And I was completely pilloried really for having the audacity to be a pop star, who’s in the mainstream, as opposed to a rock star or some kind of protest singer," he added.

The musician and philanthropist was one of the country's best-loved pop stars before his sad death on 25 December 2016.