A lookback at Noel Gallagher and Sara MacDonald’s marriage as they announce split


As Noel Gallagher and Sara MacDonald have announced they are set to divorce after nearly 12 years of marriage, we take a look at their 22-year relationship. 

The estranged couple met way back in 2000 and went on to marry in a romantic ceremony in 2011 in the New Forest. 

But throughout the years, music publicist Sara, 51, has found herself at the heart of the toxic Oasis brothers’ feud with Noel’s brother Liam previously blaming her for being the reason behind why the band hasn’t reformed. 

Here, we look back at their romance from when the guitarist, 55, first met Sara in a club in Ibiza to the bitter feud between the brothers. 

All over: As Noel Gallagher and Sara MacDonald have announced they are set to divorce after nearly 12 years of marriage, we take a look at their 22-year relationship (pictured 2019) 

First meeting 

Noel and Sara first met back in 2000 at a famous nightclub in Ibiza called Space. 

In an interview with Vogue, Sara recalled how Noel approached her and asked him to hold his cigarettes and beer while he went to the bathroom before they shared a taxi home.

Noel asked for her number which Sara wrote down on a card, who told the publication he kept it ‘like it was a religious f**king artefact’ and it was ‘love at first sight’.

Toxic: Throughout the years, music publicist Sara, 51, has found herself at the heart of the toxic Oasis brothers' feud with Noel's brother Liam (pictured 2019)

Toxic: Throughout the years, music publicist Sara, 51, has found herself at the heart of the toxic Oasis brothers’ feud with Noel’s brother Liam (pictured 2019) 

Party-goers: Noel and Sara first met back in 2000 at a famous nightclub in Ibiza called Space (pictured at Glastonbury in 2003)

Party-goers: Noel and Sara first met back in 2000 at a famous nightclub in Ibiza called Space (pictured at Glastonbury in 2003) 

Meeting: Sara recalled how Noel asked for her number which Sara wrote down on a card and rang her the next day when she returned to the UK (pictured in 2001)

Meeting: Sara recalled how Noel asked for her number which Sara wrote down on a card and rang her the next day when she returned to the UK (pictured in 2001) 

By the time Sara left the island next day, Noel had called.

The pair say they never pursued a relationship until Noel’s relationship with his wife Meg Mathews was over. 

In a statement, released in 2001, Noel said he didn’t cheat and ‘left Meg because I could no longer tolerate her behaviour.’ 

Their first date was at The Lanesborough Hotel – and the rest is history.  

Ex: The pair say they never pursued a relationship until Noel's relationship with his wife Meg Mathews was over. (Noel and first wife Meg Mathews at the Music Mag Awards in 1998)

Ex: The pair say they never pursued a relationship until Noel’s relationship with his wife Meg Mathews was over. (Noel and first wife Meg Mathews at the Music Mag Awards in 1998)

Wedding 

Noel and Sara tied the knot in 2011. Bagpipes were said to have serenaded guests due to Sara’s Scottish heritage.

The guitarist recalled to Vogue the first time he met his father-in-law who said to him: ‘I want you to promise me that you are going to take care of my daughter,’ to which Gallagher replied: ‘To be honest, mate, I was rather hoping she’d be looking after me.’ 

They married at the Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest in a £60,000 ceremony, with guests including Russell Brand watching on – but Liam said he wasn’t invited. 

‘He goes on about how he wasn’t invited to my wedding. No one was at my wedding but Nic’s [wife Nicole Appleton] mum and my mum.

‘Get over it, mate. I’ve not been invited to his wedding,’ Liam told the Chicago Sun Times. 

Noel and Sara went on to welcome two boys; Donovan, 15, and Sonny, 12. The rocker is also father to his eldest daughter Anais, 22, from his previous relationship with ex-wife Meg.

Liam Gallagher feud 

War: His brother Liam famously doesn't get along with Sara and has had a slew of public rows with the PR exec in the past (L-R) Noel, Sara, Nicole Appleton and Liam in 2005

War: His brother Liam famously doesn’t get along with Sara and has had a slew of public rows with the PR exec in the past (L-R) Noel, Sara, Nicole Appleton and Liam in 2005

When Sara first started dating Noel, she got on with his outspoken brother – but the tide changed when she briefly split from the guitarist in 2002. 

The music publicist spoke out for the first time about the toxic feud between the two warring siblings in 2020, revealing their son Donovan had never met his uncle. 

Sara claimed Liam rang her ’11 times in one night’ calling her a ‘f***ing b***h this, f***ing b***h that’. 

Changes: When Sara first started dating Noel, she got on with his outspoken brother - but the tide changed when she briefly split from the guitarist in 2002 (pictured in 2006)

Changes: When Sara first started dating Noel, she got on with his outspoken brother – but the tide changed when she briefly split from the guitarist in 2002 (pictured in 2006) 

The brothers’ relationship became increasingly difficult, with Sara remembering, in particular, a fight between them in a hotel room which led to Liam throwing her handbag down the corridor. 

She said the fractured relationship between the two became ‘untenable and exhausting’ and believed the feud was a case of family history repeating itself, claiming Noel was ‘singled out and bullied by his father’. 

Family: Sara and Noel with his daughter Anais, whom he had during his first marriage with Meg Mathews (pictured in 2019)

Family: Sara and Noel with his daughter Anais, whom he had during his first marriage with Meg Mathews (pictured in 2019) 

Tough: The music publicist spoke out for the first time about the toxic feud between to two warring siblings in 2020, revealing their son Donovan had never met his uncle

Sara said it was a ‘lonely, unpleasant place’ for Noel to be. 

The band finally split in 2009. But Liam has become increasingly vocal about wanting a reunion, saying the band WILL reunite with or without Noel.

Meanwhile, Noel told Vogue in 2020 he occasionally comes close to agreeing.

‘I’ve often thought “Lets just do a gig”, he said. ‘But I realised I would only be doing it to shut this f***ing idiot up. The only other thing I could come up with was burning his house down or smashing his car in…but that’s not going to solve anything is it?’

Meanwhile, that same year Liam hinted Sara was the reason that an Oasis reunion wouldn’t be happening, 

A fan tweeted him, asking: “Hi Liam, do you know why Noel hates oasis reunion so much??????’

While he responded suggesting that it was her fault, penning: ‘I’ve told you before he’s rite up for it but you know who won’t let him as she doesn’t like oasis music [sic].

Split 

Love story ends: Noel and Sara issued a statement on Friday announcing their split

Love story ends: Noel and Sara issued a statement on Friday announcing their split

Noel and Sara issued a statement announcing their split and that their two sons ‘remain their priority’.

A spokesperson for Noel and Sara shared: ‘Noel Gallagher and Sara Macdonald has confirmed that the couple are to divorce. 

‘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.’ 

Fallout: The brothers themselves have had little contact in the last ten years, after Noel publicly quit the band in 2009  (pictured in 1998)

Fallout: The brothers themselves have had little contact in the last ten years, after Noel publicly quit the band in 2009  (pictured in 1998) 

While a source told The Sun: ‘It is a great shame but they are trying to keep it civilised.’

‘Noel has moved out, but in time Sara might want to move back to London. They’re working everything out steadily to minimize the disruption.’

Noel and Sara have been living in an £8M South Downs mansion near Hampshire’s town of Petersfield since 2019, with their two young children. 

But the Don’t Look Back In Anger hitmaker is now said to be living apart from his wife in North London.

Feud: The band finally split in 2009. But Liam has become increasingly vocal about wanting a reunion, saying the band WILL reunite with or without Noel (pictured in 2004)

Feud: The band finally split in 2009. But Liam has become increasingly vocal about wanting a reunion, saying the band WILL reunite with or without Noel (pictured in 2004) 

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