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Noel Gallagher was the vocalist and lead guitarist in the 1990s alternative rock band Oasis. He began a solo career after quitting Oasis in 2009.
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After leaving Oasis, Noel stayed under the radar before surfacing again in 2011 with his solo debut, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. He is working on a second album in collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous, with an expected release in 2013.
Noel Gallagher moved out of his mother’s home when he was 22 years old to live with his girlfriend, Louise Jones. They dated for six years, until 1994. In 1997, Noel married interior designer Meg Matthews in Las Vegas. Meg and Noel's daughter, Anais, was born in 2000, but they divorced in 2001, reportedly due to Noel's alleged affair with Scottish publicist Sara MacDonald.
Noel and MacDonald have two children together: Donovan, born in 2007, and Sonny, born in 2010. The couple was married in June 2011, with Noel’s close friend Russell Brand serving as best man.
Noel is good friends with Richard Ashcroft, lead singer of the Verve. He nicknamed Ashcroft “Captain Rock,” and it is believed by many that the Oasis track “Cast No Shadow,” from the album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, was dedicated to Ashcroft.
Simon Cowell reportedly asked Noel to join The X Factor as a judge in Series 8 of the show, but Noel declined. He told the BBC that Cowell "called me up and he said he needed an alpha male to replace him...and he pushed and pushed for a while... but I was never going to say yes. All my mates were going, 'You've got to do it' and I was like it's eight months and I can't have these people round my house crying in the kitchen." He said that his daughter Anais, a fan of The X Factor, never forgave him for refusing to be on the show.
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