Noel Gallagher has revealed he's quitting London for a safer life for his sons in the countryside after a spate of stabbings outside his house.
The musician lives in North London, but is about to move to Hampshire for a quieter life over fears that his sons Donovan and Sonny could get caught up in the violence.
He told the Irish Independent: "We're just about to move out to Hampshire. We didn't want the kids growing up in London."
Gallagher explained: "We've had two stabbings outside our house in the last while. I live as you can imagine in quite an affluent area. At one end of the street is one housing estate and the other end is another housing estate, and they are currently at war.
"One guy was multiple stabbed in the middle of the f**king day and an air ambulance had to come and land in the middle of the street and all the streets were taped off.
"Anyway, our lad is 11 and is now coming to go to secondary school and we were just saying it would be too f**king stressful if he is on the Tube and he is coming home and he is being mugged for his phone.
"So we decided that we are going to go out to the country and put them to school in the country. We'll just commute into London."
One neighbour who will still be dealing with the crime rates is U2's Adam Clayton.
Gallagher said: "Yeah, he's on my street. He's my neighbour. He lives about five doors down."
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Oasis stars Liam and Noel Gallagher pictured at the Q Magazine music awards in London today (Fri). Oasis frontman Liam received the Best Act in the World trophy on behalf of the band at the 10th anniversary of the awards. See PA story SHOWBIZ Awards. Photo by Fiona Hanson/PA. 30/04/03 : Oasis stars Liam (left) and Noel Gallagher. The band's 1995 hit was named the greatest song of the past decade according to listeners of Virgin Radio. Music fans were asked to choose their favourite songs of the last 10 years to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Virgin Radio.
Noel Gallagher of Oasis makes his controversial acceptance speech after the band received the Brit Award for Best Video (for 'Wonderwall') from INXS frontman Michael Hutchence at a star-studded award ceremony at London's Earl's Court. Liam Gallagher chats to Hutchence, linked recently to his present girlfriend Patsy Kensit, whilst Noel said, in an apparent reference to Hutchence, "Has-beens shouldn't present awards to Going-to-be's".
ROCK GROUP OASIS STAND IN FRONT OF THE
ENORMOUS STAGE ON WHICH THEY WILL BE
PERFORMING TOMORROW, AT KNEBWORTH PARK,
HERTS. L-R ALAN WHITE, PAUL 'BONEHEAD'
ARTHURS, LIAM GALLAGHER, PAUL 'GUIGSY'
MCGUIGAN AND NOEL GALLAGHER.
Oasis singer Liam Gallagher toasts the crowd with a pint of Guinness as fellow band members (l-r) Bonehead (Paul Arthurs), Guigsy (Paul McGuigan), Alan White and Noel Gallagher (mostly hidden) walk off stage
Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher (left) and his brother Noel at the Cardiff International Arena tonight (Wednesday). Watch for PA story Photo Joanne Nelson
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Singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher (left) and his brother Liam (right), from the pop group Oasis, at the NME Carling Awards at The Planit Arches, Shoreditch, in east London. 18/8/01: Fans of Oasis have a chance to see the anniversary show as tickets go on sale. * exactly 10 years after their first ever gig. The band are playing six UK dates later this year - their first of 2001 in Britain - for which they have turned their back on the usual stadiums to perform to just a handful of fans. The tickets were due to go on sale at 10am but fans have been queuing for hours in Glasgow, Manchester and London to make sure they are among the chosen few. A spokeswoman for the band said This is a rare chance to see the band in such small venues. There are only around 4,000 tickets available for each of the cities. Oasis are playing three cities which are close to their hearts and which proved important in their early days.. 6/10/01: Rock superstars Oasis will unveil new material as they begin a series of intimate shows to celebrate ten years as a band. The Gallagher brothers have turned their backs on large stadiums to embrace six shows in smaller venues, the likes of which they have not played for years. The dates are the first in the UK this year and sold out within minutes of going on sale this summer.
Oasis (from left to right) Gem Archer, Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher and Andy Bell are pictured during a photocall at Wembley Stadium, where they announced their biggest ever tour of open air venues in the UK and Ireland next summer.
Liam and Noel Gallagher with England's Ricky Hatton after defeating USA's Paulie Malignaggi during the IBF Light-Welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, USA.
Members of British rock band Oasis pose for photos ahead of a concert in Hong Kong on Saturday, February 25, 2006. From left are, Gem Archer, Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell, and Liam Gallagher. (AP Photo/Lo Sai Hung)
Ricky Hatton, center, with Noel Gallagher, right, and Liam Gallagher, left, of the rock band Oasis after Hatton stopped Paulie Malignaggi in the 11th round of a 12-round junior welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
** FILE ** In this Feb. 28, 2009 file photo, Noel Gallagher, right, and Liam Gallagher of British band "Oasis" perform during the television show "Wetten Dass..?" (Bet it..?) in the western German city of Duesseldorf. Oasis said in a statement on its official Web site Wednesday, March 4, 2009, China has blocked what would have been the British band's debut in the country in April because lead singer Noel Gallagher took part in free Tibet concert in 1997. (AP Photo/Ina Fassbender, Pool, File)
Liam and Noel (R) Gallagher, of the British rock band Oasis, wait for the start of a news conference at a pub in London August 25. The brothers announced that the band would continue playing despite the loss of bass guitarist Paul McGuigan, the second member to quit in the last two weeks.
GRAEFENHAINICHEN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Liam Gallagher (L) and Noel Gallagher (R) of Oasis perform live at the Melt! Festival in Ferropolis on July 19, 2009 in Graefenhainichen, Germany. (Photo by Marco Prosch/Getty Images)
Liam Gallagher (Sänger), Bruder Noel Gallagher (Gitarrist), Mitglieder Musikgruppe "Oasis", 180. ZDF-Show "Wetten, dass?""Messehalle", Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland, Europa, Bühne, Auftritt, Mikrofon, singen, Gitarre spielen, Musikinstrument, Kult-Band, Musiker, Promi, 100225, NB, FTP; P.-Nr. 365/2009, 28.02.2009; Foto: P.Bischoff; Veröffentlichung nur gegen Honorar und Beleg!; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
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During the interview, Gallagher also revealed that his wife Sara MacDonald was fairly unimpressed by his songwriting genius when they were house-hunting in London.
He was once labelled "the finest songwriter of his generation" by George Martin, but even that wasn't enough to secure an outside space on the property for his creative endeavours in MacDonald's view.
Gallagher said he had announced: "'I'll have that as a creative space'. And Sara said, 'For what? What do you want a creative space for?'. 'To write songs'. And she said, 'I've never seen you write any songs'.
"I was like, 'Are you being f**king serious?'. 'Well, I've never seen you write any'. 'But you do accept that I do write them?'. 'I've just never seen you write any!' I still to this day don't have a f***king studio."