Noel Gallagher 'donates' song royalties to bomb victims

Noel Gallagher may have been unable to attend last weekend's One Love Manchester fundraising gig, but he's making a major donation to the victims and their families, according to a prominent DJ.

The former Oasis star was surprisingly missing on Sunday (June 6) when Ariana Grande united dozens popstars to raise money for those affected by the bombing at her Manchester Arena gig in May.

His song 'Don't Look Back in Anger' has become an anthem for the people Manchester in the wake the attack, and some fans were upset that he wasn't at the charity gig over the weekend.

However, Radio X DJ Gordon Smart has now claimed on the air that Noel has actually made his own contribution to help the Manchester survivors in private in recent days.

"I've seen some unpleasant headlines about Noel and why he never played the gig in Manchester at the weekend," Smart said ( NME).

"It's only right to point out, and I don't think this is public knowledge because I'm sure he would never mention it, but I found out today that as soon as 'Don't Look Back In Anger' started to appear spontaneously at the vigils, he made sure all the royalties went to the families. That was before any gig was mentioned."

The DJ went on to say: "It seems wrong to me that Noel's getting a hard time for a reunion he was never part . It's a shame any attention at all has been taken away from a really special occasion at Old Trafford. But there you go, true fact. He gave his blessing for the songs without any drama at all.

"Loads amazing musicians from Manchester couldn't play the gig, but none them have been dug out. All that has come from that night is good will from most people."

Digital Spy has reached out to Noel's spokesperson to clarify whether the claims are true.

Loudest among the rocker's critics has been Noel's own brother and One Love Manchester performer Liam Gallagher, who hit out over his sibling's statement that he was "out the country" when the gig was announced.

"Manchester id like to apologise for my brothers absence last night very disappointed stay beautiful stay safe," Liam wrote on Twitter shortly after the concert took place.

"Noels out the f**king country weren't we all love," he added later. "Get on a f**king plane and play your tunes for the kids you sad f**k."

'Don't Look Back in Anger' was actually performed by Coldplay's Chris Martin and Ariana Grande at Sunday's One Love Manchester concert.

Chris has since directly reached out to Noel to thank him for giving him permission to perform the Oasis classic.

"Thank you @noelgallagher for giving your blessing and encouragement to play don't look back in anger and live forever on sunday," he wrote on Twitter.

"Everyone knew in advance you couldn't be there physically, so thank you for being there in spirit and for lending us those incredible songs."

Watch Chris Martin and Ariana Grande's cover 'Don't Look Back In Anger' below:


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