Noel Gallagher aimed a jibe at Foreign Secretary William Hague from the stage at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London last night (September 4) – scroll down to watch a clip.
Appearing on stage to collect his Icon prize, Gallagher told the audience: “Welcome to the Tory party conference, by the way. Nice to see the Foreign Secretary here with all the shit going on in the world that he should be sorting out. Good for you.”
Meanwhile, during an interview with GQ at the bash, Gallagher called out Rihanna for travelling with a large entourage, comparing the pop singer’s crew to a “fucking small army”. The former Oasis man ran into Rihanna’s sizeable team of advisers and assistants when the two artists were on the same bill at the Holmenkollen Sommerfestival in Oslo, Norway last year (2012).
“I don’t have an entourage, and when I do it’s pathetic. Never more than two people,” Gallagher said. “I was at a festival in Norway and Rihanna’s just arrived with a hundred people. Fucking small army. And I had to go into this room, which was all just racks of clothing and stuff that designers and punters had brought to give to Rihanna. And they all had these cards in front of them, saying: ‘Dear Rihanna, we are such huge fans, please accept this $90,000 handbag from whoever and whoever’.”
Continuing, Gallagher revealed that paying a visit to Rihanna’s room of gifts inspired him to lavish the singer with a present too. “And I’m reading all these cards as I’m waiting to go in,” he recalled, “so I went back to my dressing room and got the little bowl of Cadbury’s Sensations and left it there on her table with a card saying ‘Dear Rihanna, please accept these chocolates on behalf of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’. And she took them. She fucking took them.”
Gallagher was presented with the Icon prize at last night’s GQ Men Of The Year Awards, where other winners included Arctic Monkeys, Lou Reed, Elton John and The Who’s Roger Daltrey.