Liam Gallagher Opens Up About Escaping Abusive Father

11 January 2018, 17:07

Liam Gallagher in Toronto in 2017

The For What It's Worth singer has described his mischief-filled childhood, revealing he was "never depressed" once his mother Peggy left his father.

Liam Gallagher has described growing up in the Manchester suburb of Burnage, and revealed he was "never depressed" despite having to escape his violent father. 

The former Oasis frontman, his bandmate brother Noel, and their older sibling Paul were raised solely by their mother Peggy after she made the decision to leave her husband who was violent towards her and their two eldest sons.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he shared: "I was about seven when my mam left my dad. He was out all the time, fighting, beating my mam up, beating Noel and Paul up. Never touched me, though. Then, one night, while he was out, my mam got her brothers round, got all our gear in a truck, left him a mattress, and we went off to our new house. 

"It was immediately better for all of us ... I was always out playing football, load of energy, never depressed, not a loner, just rounding up the troops ... let's go and have a bit of mischief. Always chasing the girls - but once you got 'em, I was like, 'I'd rather go out with the lads.' Burnage was a great place to grow up. It's not as moody as people make out. It's in between Didsbury, which is a nice area, and Heaton Moor, which is posh. In Manchester, everyone aspires to be there."

Liam admits his father tried to find out where he and his family had moved to but he never got a chance to be part of their lives again.

He said: "I missed my mates: we'd only moved up the road but I couldn't go back round that area because he was always around. If I was wagging school I'd see him. I'd be stood there, having a cigarette with my mates, he'd spot us, start chasing us, shouting, 'Where have you gone, you bastard?' Because he didn't know where we'd moved to. I'd always outrun him."

Though his mother Peggy was a very loving mother, Liam insists she could be very strict with him and his brothers.

He explained: "My mam was a dinner lady at our school. I'd go in, sign the register, then jump over the fence and go to my mate's house. Then I'd come back into school, sign back in, just in time for lunch with my mam. She'd ask, 'How was double maths?' 'Yeah, it was all right, struggled a bit.' Eventually the head teacher found out and spoke to her, and she gave me a brush round the back of the head."

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