Noel Gallagher defends daughter Anais as he weighs into nepotism row


Noel Gallagher has defended his daughter Anais as he weighed into the nepotism row.

The former Oasis rocker, 55 – who shares the model, photographer and film-maker, 22, with ex-wife Meg Mathews, 56 – told how his girl was ‘good at what she does’ when talking about a film she made of him.

It comes after Anais herself said she would be ‘tone deaf if I didn’t admit how privileged my life is’ as she addressed the criticism of ‘nepotism babies’.

Our kid: Noel Gallagher has defended his daughter Anais as he weighed into the nepotism row (pictured together in February)

‘Nepo babies’, as it is often known, refers to children being given a leg-up in their industries as a result of being born into affluent or famous families.

And in an interview with Dave Berry on Absolute Radio, Noel gave his opinion on the debate, revealing that while it is nice to ‘keep things close to home’, he acknowledges that the children have to be ‘good at’ what they’re doing.  

Noel said ‘It depends which way you look at it. My daughter she follows me around with a camera and she films me and all that. She did a film about the making of the album. 

‘I guess you want to keep things close to home, but they have to be good at what they do. She’s good at what she does. She’s not just wondering around pointing a camera going “muhh there’s my dad”, she is great.’

Offspring: The former Oasis rocker, 55 - who shares the model, photographer and film-maker, 22, with ex-wife Meg Mathews, 56 - told how his girl was 'good at what she does' when talking about a film she made of him

Offspring: The former Oasis rocker, 55 – who shares the model, photographer and film-maker, 22, with ex-wife Meg Mathews, 56 – told how his girl was ‘good at what she does’ when talking about a film she made of him

He continued: ‘It’s not the worst thing in the world if you get your kids working for you, they’re cheap, do you know what I mean?… my lads are too busy scratching their balls and scouring TikTok for nonsense to worry about dad can I be your bass player or anything like that.’

In November, Anais herself addressed the criticism surrounding ‘nepotism babies’ and admitted she is ‘grateful’ for the ‘privilege’ her upbringing has given her. 

She confessed she would be ‘tone deaf and irresponsible’ if she didn’t admit the ‘leg up’ in life her upbringing has given her, saying it is something she will be grateful for ‘until the day I die’. 

Speaking up: It comes after Anais herself said she would be 'tone deaf if I didn't admit how privileged my life is' as she addressed the criticism of 'nepotism babies'

Speaking up: It comes after Anais herself said she would be ‘tone deaf if I didn’t admit how privileged my life is’ as she addressed the criticism of ‘nepotism babies’

Chat: In an interview with Dave Berry on Absolute Radio, Noel gave his opinion on the debate, revealing that while it is nice to 'keep things close to home', he acknowledges that the children have to be 'good at' what they're doing

Chat: In an interview with Dave Berry on Absolute Radio, Noel gave his opinion on the debate, revealing that while it is nice to ‘keep things close to home’, he acknowledges that the children have to be ‘good at’ what they’re doing

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she explained: ‘I would be tone deaf and irresponsible if I didn’t admit to how privileged my life has been and how much of a leg up my upbringing has given me.

‘I’m really, really, extremely grateful for the situation my parents have been able to give me, and I’ll be grateful until the day I die. 

‘Whether it’s being able to attend university or have job opportunities, I’m incredibly grateful for everything they’ve given me.’

Defence: ‘I guess you want to keep things close to home, but they have to be good at what they do. She’s good at what she does. She’s not just wondering around pointing a camera going “muhh there’s my dad”

Keep it in the family: 'It¿s not the worst thing in the world if you get your kids working for you, they¿re cheap, do you know what I mean?' (pictured with estranged wife Sara, Anais and son Donovan in 2015)

Keep it in the family: ‘It’s not the worst thing in the world if you get your kids working for you, they’re cheap, do you know what I mean?’ (pictured with estranged wife Sara, Anais and son Donovan in 2015)

Anais said she thinks there is ‘justification’ around hiring nepotism babies as she addressed criticism that they have access to opportunities which other people don’t.

Meanwhile, despite carving out a career in huge rock bands Oasis and High Flying Birds, Noel told how he doesn’t plan to give his son guitar lessons after the youngster had taken up the instrument.

He explained: ‘I’ve never had a musical lesson. One of my lads is learning how to play the guitar, I’m thinking should I teach him? 

‘And then he’s like “dad can you teach me how to play guitar”, and I’m like well no. Not like I don’t want to, it’s just I just picked it up and there it was…I’ve never been taught so I don’t know if I could teach anybody, it’s all by feel for me.’

Upbringing: Noel Gallagher's daughter Anais has addressed the criticism around 'nepotism babies' and admitted she is 'grateful' for the 'privilege' her upbringing has given her

Upbringing: Noel Gallagher’s daughter Anais has addressed the criticism around ‘nepotism babies’ and admitted she is ‘grateful’ for the ‘privilege’ her upbringing has given her

Parents: Anais is the daughter of Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher and interior designer Meg Mathews, who were married from 1997 until 2001

Parents: Anais is the daughter of Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher and interior designer Meg Mathews, who were married from 1997 until 2001

It comes as Noel has not ruled out reuniting with Oasis just days after announcing splitting with his wife – who previously ‘wouldn’t let him’ consider a reunion.

The High Flying Birds frontman and Oasis’ chief songwriter quit the band in 2009, citing a feud with younger brother and lead vocalist, Liam.

In 2020, Liam told a fan who asked about a reunion on Twitter: ‘I’ve told you before he’s rite up for it but you know who won’t let him as she doesn’t like oasis music [sic].’

Definitely maybe? It comes as Noel has not ruled out reuniting with Oasis just days after announcing splitting with his wife - who previously 'wouldn't let him' consider a reunion

Definitely maybe? It comes as Noel has not ruled out reuniting with Oasis just days after announcing splitting with his wife – who previously ‘wouldn’t let him’ consider a reunion 

Days after Noel and his wife of nearly 12 years, Sara MacDonald, announced their split, he told BBC Radio Manchester that a reunion is not out of the realm of possibility. 

‘You should never say never,’ he said, adding ‘it would have to take an extraordinary set of circumstances’. 

‘That’s not to say that those circumstances would never come about.’ 

Over: Days after Noel and his wife of nearly 12 years, Sara MacDonald, announced their split , he told BBC Radio Manchester that a reunion is not out of the realm of possibility

Over: Days after Noel and his wife of nearly 12 years, Sara MacDonald, announced their split , he told BBC Radio Manchester that a reunion is not out of the realm of possibility



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