Idris Elba confirms that he and Liam Gallagher fought over a hat at NME Awards

'He must have thought it looked silly, because he tried to grab it,' says actor

Actor Idris Elba has admitted that his confrontation with Liam Gallagher at last month’s NME Awards was caused by a row over a hat.

The pair made headlines after they reportedly clashed at an after party at The Ivy in London in February (February 27), with eye-witnesses claiming that they had squabbled because Gallagher made fun of Elba’s bobble hat.

Now, in an interview with the Guardian, Elba – star of TV shows such as The Wire and Luther – has confirmed that his choice of headgear was the reason for the incident. Asked if they’d had a fight, he said: “Not really. We just had a little exchange of words.”

Then, when asked if his bobble hat had been at the centre of the row, he replied:

MY hat, not a bobble hat. It got blown out of proportion, but we kept our hats on, so to speak. It was a good hat, man. I guess he just took against it. He must have thought it looked silly, because he tried to grab it.

Gallagher’s band Beady Eye are set to release their second album this year, and the frontman has told NME to expect the record Oasis should have made after ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’.

He said: “I’m not saying it’s better than ‘Be Here Now’ or it’s going to be this or that – I love ‘Be Here Now’, I won’t have a bad word said about it but when you’re selling 20 million records, you’ve got people there going, ‘Oh let’s just chuck out that formula again’. So I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t ever do it. But this fucking record: we’ve booted the door off the hinges and steamed right in there, into this other world.”