“We don’t talk about our past”: Damon Albarn opens up on close friendship with Noel Gallagher

"He is one of the only people who went through what I did in the Nineties."

Damon Albarn has opened up on his close friendship with Noel Gallagher, after the two Britpop rivals became the unlikeliest of friends.

Despite enjoying a fierce rivalry during the heydays of Blur and Oasis, the pair are now firm friends – with Gallagher featuring on the 2017 Gorillaz album ‘Humanz’.

Now, he’s opened up on the enduring nature of their friendship, and how he believes that their shared experiences of fame have brought them together.

“We don’t talk about our past, we talk about our present”, he told The Sun.

“I value my friendship with Noel because he is one of the only people who went through what I did in the Nineties.”

Damon also insists that his heavy days of partying are well behind him, after becoming a firm fixture on London’s social scene during the 1990s.

“It’s a long time since I’ve indulged in that sort of thing”, he said of his hard partying days.

“It was magnificent while it lasted, but it was a very long time ago.

“I went to see that Alexander McQueen film last night, and I spent all night having nightmares just because it kind of triggered all of those scenes of nightlife and people getting wasted”, he explained.

“It triggered stuff that I wasn’t aware I was storing.”

He added: “It was cathartic in a weird way. I mean, it terrifies me to think what I might have turned into.”

Meanwhile, Damon recently confirmed that a new record from The Good, The Bad & The Queen will be released before the end of the year.

The band are a supergroup made up of Blur and Gorillaz frontman Albarn, The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Verve’s Simon Tong and afrobeat drummer Tony Allen.

The release will be the first follow up to their 2007 self-titled, critically acclaimed debut.