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.
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.”