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Noel Gallagher slates Harry Styles saying he’s not a ‘real’ musician

The Oasis legend has accused the star of not writing any of his own music in a new tabloid interview

By Hannah Ewens

Noel Gallagher claims Harry Styles isn't a real musician
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Noel Gallagher has accused Harry Styles of not writing his own music – though Styles has writing credits on all of his published solo material.

In a new interview with the Daily Star, Gallagher had a typical quibble about the current state of music. In it he said: “The X Factor is a TV show, it’s got nothing to do with music, it’s got nothing to do with music whatsoever. Anything that has come from that, that’s got nothing to do with music.”

Gallagher went on to say that no one from talent show formats works as hard as “real” musicians. He criticised Styles, who rose to prominence on the seventh series of British classic The X Factor in 2010.

“You’re not telling me Harry Styles is currently in a room somewhere writing a song,” Gallagher ranted. “I can assure you he’s not got an acoustic guitar out trying to write a middle eight for something.”

Gallagher had previously commented on Styles and his abilities in an interview with Absolute Radio. “People of my age have let themselves go, they’re fat, balding idiots with fading tattoos. They sit in their garage and write shite like ‘Sign of the Times’ for Harry Styles. Which, quite frankly, my cat could have written in about 10 minutes!”

The former Oasis frontman is known for his public disputes with artists, especially with his brother and Oasis member Liam, or his opinions on the music world.

Last month, Noel Gallagher commented that rock music had become too middle class for a new Oasis to emerge. In a new interview with the Mirror, the former Oasis man doubted whether teenagers would have the means to start a band in the current climate.

“Where are the 14-year-olds in bands now?” asked Gallagher. “Working class kids can’t afford to do it now, because guitars are expensive, there’s no rehearsal rooms. They’ve all been turned into wine bars and flats. Four or five guys from a council estate can’t afford guitars.”