Noel Gallagher has revealed he lost millions in his bid for solo success following Oasis' split.
The elder of the Gallagher brothers, who set up his own label Sour Mash Records after leaving Oasis in 2009, said he lost so much money he didn't at first admit how much to his wife Sara MacDonald.
"Everything I've done since I left Oasis has come from my own pocket. You've got to pay for the tour, got to pay for the wages and you don't really break even for about nine months," he told Loaded Magazine's last ever issue.
"I don't mean I lost money. I mean I lost a f***ing s***load of money. It was a few million, like. I had to lie to Sara at first, and when I eventually did tell her, she freaked out - I mean freaked out."
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Gallagher revealed he admitted the losses to MacDonald 12 months after they happened. He said he "did it because I felt like I could" and he didn't want to be signed to a record label.
The High Flying Birds frontman admits he was lucky things "worked out". The band, which he formed in 2011, released its second studio album, Chasing Yesterday, earlier this month.
Chasing Yesterday became the fastest-selling LP of the year in the UK so far, shifting 89,000 copies to become No. 1 in the charts in its first week.
However, Gallagher said in the interview he doesn't care about the charts.
"I don't worry about the music getting to number one or anything. I never have done really. Well, maybe I did between 1994 and '97, back when I wanted to rule the world...
"People aren't buying as many records as they were four years ago so sales are likely to decline, but it won't make it any less a record."