Former Oasis Liam Gallagher has arthritis and should replace his hip but resists: “I prefer to endure the pain”

Liam Gallagher, former Oasis singer, said that since 2019 he has suffered from severe arthritis for which he would have to undergo hip surgery but is not willing to do so.

Liam Gallagher, perhaps one of the most controversial British musicians of the last 30 years, surprised again with controversial and recent statements in which he confirmed that he suffered from severe arthritis but refused to undergo a hip transplant.

For the former lead singer of Oasis, the flagship Brit-pop band that dominated the UK charts during the 1990s and early 2000s, having hip surgery isn’t exactly rock and roll, so he prefers to endure pain and ride in a wheelchair.

Gallagher, now 49, was diagnosed with arthritis about three years ago, which is why he has been forced to stop running and take sleep medication. In a recent interview he confessed that he lived with severe daily pain.

But despite the advanced nature of his condition, which doctors say requires surgery to replace his hip, the rocker says he will not have surgery and prefers a wheelchair.

“My hips are fucked, I have arthritis, bad. I went to get checked out and my bones are crushed. The lady was like, ‘Oh, you may need hip surgery, a replacement,’” Gallagher stated.

The option is unacceptable for those who, together with his brother Noel, reached the top of world rock with Oasis more than 20 years ago.

“I think I would rather just feel pain. Which is ridiculous, obviously. I know that. But it’s the stigma, saying you’ve had your hips replaced. Whats Next?”, Liam added.

The youngest of the Gallagher brothers said he postponed the procedure after being told he could die during the operation, where the hip bone is replaced by an artificial implant.

Liam Gallagher was the lead singer of Oasis until 2009 and later formed Beady Eye.  Since 2016 he performs with his solo project.
Liam Gallagher was the lead singer of Oasis until 2009 and later formed Beady Eye. Since 2016 he performs with his solo project.

Taking the prognosis lightly, he joked that his fiancée, Debbie Gwyther, could act as his caretaker.

“Fuck off. I’m not going to break it with a broken hip, thanks. He would rather be in a wheelchair, with Debbie pushing me, like in Little Britain”, he told British media.

After the definitive separation of Oasis in 2009, due to the constant fights between the Gallagher brothers, both Liam and his brother Noel have managed to continue with successful solo careers, although never reaching the level of fame and relevance that they had when they collaborated.

Liam formed a band called Beady Eye with several former Oasis members, which was active until 2014 and put out two studio albums. Then in 2016 he released his first solo album, a project with which he remains active.

Nevertheless, in 2019 he was diagnosed with arthritis in his hips. Then two years later she was told that she had a thyroid problem called Hashimoto’s disease, which affects his singing voice.

The condition can also cause significant joint pain, and studies show that people living with it may be at increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

At that moment, doctors advised Liam to run less in an attempt to help manage the condition.

But now Liam said his doctors have told him to stop running altogether, something that has affected his routines as he is a regular runner and could often be found jogging near his home on Hampstead Heath in London.

“When it’s cold, my hips are like snaps, crunches and pops. I need heat. I can’t sleep at night because of the pain. I keep tossing and turning. So I am taking herbal sleeping pills and they have saved my life. I take one and seven hours off, no pain, nothing”Liam told Mojo magazine.

Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher, co-founders of Oasis, are one of the most successful and chaotic partnerships in British music history (Photo by Des Willie/Redferns)
Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher, co-founders of Oasis, are one of the most successful and chaotic partnerships in British music history (Photo by Des Willie/Redferns)

Responsible for hits such as the iconic Wonderwall, and the now classic Cigarettes and Alcohol or Champagne Supernova -composed by his brother but immortalized by his voice-, Liam says that he tries to put the best face on his pain and undergo the necessary treatments to get over it

“My novelty is Deep Heat. I strap it on my knees and hips, calves, then stick in the steam room for as long as I can handle it.”said the rocker.

Liam says he doesn’t care much about the pain, as it keeps him alert, but he is aware that he is on a “down slope”.

“Oh yeah. My eyes are screwed up, my hips are screwed up, I have old thyroid. But we’re all going to die, right? Or are we already dead? he told the magazine.

Liam Gallagher's show at Lollapalooza 2018 a year before he was diagnosed with arthritis.
Liam Gallagher’s show at Lollapalooza 2018 a year before he was diagnosed with arthritis.

The question is ironic for a guy who became famous for singing songs about feeling supersonic (Supersonic) or living forever (Live Forever), but you could say that the music he made will somehow make him immortal.

“I am not afraid of death, whatever it is. Why should you be? It’s going to happen anyway. It’s being afraid of being born.” says Liam, almost paraphrasing the famous voice-over with which he begins A Great Gig in The Sky by the also British band Pink Floyd

“I’m going to keep doing what I do until I die. Or I am reborn and become a wasp. Or a butterfly. Or turn it into a packet of friggin’ prawns.”Liam concluded.

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