Liam Gallagher has said and done a lot questionable things over the course of his long career in music, but his approach to his children’s sexuality is nothing short of award-worthy.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, the former Oasis and Beady Eye frontman opened up about parenting and revealed that his four kids -- Molly, 20; Lennon, 17; Gene, 15; and Gemma, 4, who were each mothered by a different woman -- can talk to him “about anything.”
“I speak to my kids on a daily basis and I’m not one of those uptight fathers – everything is open round our way,” he said. “We can talk about anything. Girls, boys, whatever. I’m like, ‘Is there anything you want to tell me? Anything to do with your sexuality?’ You know, I don’t give a fuck about that, you are what you are. There’s nothing that’s out of bounds.”
Gallagher’s comments are especially refreshing considering he found himself at the center of a controversy over a homophobic tweet in June 2016.
Just days after the horrific massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida that left 49 people dead (almost all of them queer people of color), the singer tweeted, “Russian hooligans skintight shorts bumbags batty boy muscles ha ha I’d be more worried bout getting me arse pinched. LG.,” in reference to the European 2016 football tournament. As Spin noted at the time, a “Batty boy” is “a homophobic slur originating from the Caribbean.” Gallagher eventually apologized for the tweet after he faced an outpouring of outrage on Twitter.
Gallagher, who’s set to release his first solo album, “As You Were,” later this year and who turned up at Sunday’s One Love Manchester benefit concert, also had some unflinchingly honest advice for his kids regarding drugs.
“Well, when it comes to drugs, I haven’t got a leg to stand on, but I’d prefer it if they didn’t do anything,” he told The Guardian. “Weed’s all right, but even that’s fucking stupid. I say, ‘Who are you buying it off? Don’t be buying it off idiots. And don’t be smoking all different shit, like that spice stuff.’”
Spoken like a true rock star, Liam.