Liam Gallagher told he needs double hip replacement – but says he’d ‘rather be in pain’

"It's the stigma, saying you've had your hips replaced. What's next?"

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 20th April 2022

Liam Gallagher has spoken out after being told he needs a double hip replacement following his arthritis diagnosis.

The former Oasis frontman and outspoken Manc – who was diagnosed with arthritis in 2019, two years after being diagnosed with a voice-affecting thyroid condition known as Hashimoto’s disease – has revealed in a recent interview that he is in agony every day.

He said that he has even been forced to stop running, and use herbal tablets and Deep Heat in order to rest and fall asleep at night.

Front the June 2022 cover of MoJo magazine, Gallagher told the publication in an exclusive interview: “My hips are f**ed, I’ve got arthritis bad… I went to get it checked out and my bones are mashed up.

“The lady was going, ‘Oh, you might need a hip operation, a replacement.'”


Explaining how bad condition can get sometimes, Gallagher continued: “When the weather’s cold, my hips are like snap, crackle and pop. I need warmth. I can’t sleep at night for the pain. Tossing and turning.

“So I’m on herbal sleeping tablets and they’ve saved my life. One of them, seven hours out, no pain, nothing.”


Despite this diagnosis and being in constant pain however, Gallagher went on to say that he was not comfortable having the operation he has been told he needs, and it’s all due to the “stigma” around hip replacements.

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The surgery Gallagher has been told he could have would include replacing the damaged hip joint with a prosthetic impact, followed by a six-week recovery period, but the singer said he would rather use a wheelchair and live with the pain than have an operation.

Liam Gallagher on stage.
Liam Gallagher said he’d “rather be in pain” than have a double hip replacement / Credit: Wikimedia Commons

He explained: “I think I’d rather just be in pain. Which is ridiculous, obviously. I know that. Just get them fixed.

“But it’s the stigma, saying you’ve had your hips replaced. What’s next?”

Gallagher rounded out the interview discussing the future and giving his thoughts on death, adding: “But we’re all going to die, aren’t we? Or are we already dead? I’m not afraid of death, whatever it is. Why should you be? It’s going to happen anyway.

“I’m going to just keep doing what I do until I die. Or I’m reborn and turn into a wasp. Or a butterfly. Or turn into a packet of Scampi f***ing Fries.”

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