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Noel Gallagher discusses split from Sara MacDonald after 12 years of marriage for first time

Noel Gallagher discusses Sara MacDonald spilt for the first time (David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)
Noel Gallagher discusses Sara MacDonald spilt for the first time (David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

Noel Gallagher has opened up about his split from wife Sara MacDonald for the first time.

The Oasis star shocked fans earlier this year when it was announced that he was set to divorce the music publicist after almost 12 years of marriage.

Finally discussing their divorce, the 55-year-old admitted that they came to the decision after coming to a “crossroads” in their life.

He told Big Issue magazine: “When you get to your mid 50s you do come to some kind of crossroads in your life.

“It’s not uncommon for people who have been in long-term relationships to go their separate ways in their 50s.

“I know a lot of people in the same boat as me and Sara. Particularly after the pandemic.”

The pair announced their divorce in January (Dave Benett)
The pair announced their divorce in January (Dave Benett)

In January, the couple, who have been married since 2011, confirmed their separation and said that their children “remain their priority” as they requested privacy.

The pair met in 2000 while the former Oasis guitarist and songwriter was married to Meg Matthews, whom he divorced in January 2001.

Gallagher and publicist MacDonald married at a private ceremony in June 2011 and welcomed two children, Donovan and Sonny, together.

Their divorce was confirmed by a spokesperson for the couple at the time, which read: “Noel and Sara will together continue to look after their children, who remain their priority.

“Noel and Sara ask the media to respect their privacy and that of our family at this time.”

Gallagher is also father to Anais Gallagher, whom he shares with Matthews.

Following their break-up, the British rocker has been linked with model Charlotte Carter-Allen as well as author Dorothea Gundtoft.

His disclosure comes after Gallagher quipped: “I can’t wait to get my mobility scooter, if I’m being honest” while discussing life in his 50s.

Despite the rock ‘n’ roll antics of his youth, the High Flying Birds hitmaker, who celebrated his mid-decade back in 2017, admitted that every “knock” is now taking its toll on him.

Speaking to Greatest Hits Radio’s Ken Bruce, he shared: “My forties was my absolute peak but from the minute I woke up on the 30th May in my first day of my fifties I was like, it’s just been one thing after another.

“What I’ve found is that the slightest knock stays with you for ages and then once that’s cleared up it’s something else, and then once that’s cleared up it’s something else.”