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Noel Gallagher labels Zayn Malik a 'fucking idiot' for quitting One Direction

Former Oasis man says Malik's exit was 'a strange thing for that lad to have done at that age'

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Noel Gallagher has offered some advice to singer Zayn Malik following his departure from boy band One Direction.

Malik quit the pop group in March, stating that he wishes to be "a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight".

Now, speaking to Rolling Stone, Gallagher has shared his viewpoint on that matter, saying, "I've never met [Malik]. I’ve only met Harry [Styles], who orbits in social circles where sometimes we end up at the same parties. Harry's not got a great deal to say for himself, but he’s a good lad! For Zayn, though, I’d say, 'Fuckin' get a good accountant because life is very fuckin' long'."

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Gallagher added, "It's a strange thing for that lad to have done at that age. The greatest quote was - I laughed out loud when I read it ' 'I just want to be a normal 22-year-old.' Pfft. Who wants to be a normal 22-year-old?! Hang on a minute. You can be fucking anything that moves and gettin' paid half a million dollars a week, you fuckin’ idiot. You want to be a normal 22-year-old? Have you met any normal 22-year-olds? They’re fuckin' shit-for-brains. What are you talking about, you fuckin’ idiot?"

He continued, "God. All those young Japanese girls suckin' me cock. So shallow and meaningless... I’ll say this to you, Zayn: You might have wanted to be a normal 22-year-old, but you won’t want to be a normal 25-year-old ". Listen to audio from the interview below.

Gallagher also revealed that his daughter is a fan of the boy band, which he sees as a thing that she'll hopefully grow out of, "I wouldn't have expected her to be into anything other than One Direction when she was 12. If she's into One Direction when she's 22, she's getting shunned."



Elsewhere in the interview, Gallagher blamed his brother Liam for the recent rumours that the pair will reform Oasis next year. "He's being a bit disingenuous to Oasis fans in the sense that he always gets their hopes up," said the singer and guitarist. "There was a rumour last week that we've had a gentleman's agreement [to reform the band], but that rumour's come from his people. It's a 'source close to him', and I'll tell you how close it is: She probably wakes up with him every morning. It's always left to me in an interview to let the kids down. People say, 'You're breaking these kids' hearts.' Well, what the fuck, man?"

Gallagher appeared on Channel 4 show Chatty Man on Friday (May 1), where he was quizzed by presenter Alan Carr about the prospect of him joining forces with Liam to form a super group called 'BirdsEye', a combination of their post-Oasis bands High Flying Birds and Beady Eye, as well as a reference to the frozen food company of the same name. "Well, as enticing as that sounds, I don't think it's going to happen. Sorry," he replied. "No. No. What more can I say? I've got nothing more to say on it that I haven't already said. It's not going to happen. No, I can't be arsed."

Noel is currently touring the US in support of his chart-topping latest album 'Chasing Yesterday'.
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