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Chris Martin defends Noel Gallagher’s absence from One Love Manchester concert: "Everyone knew in advance"

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 06/06/2017 Jennifer ruby
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Chris Martin has defended Noel Gallagher over his absence from the One Love Manchester benefit concert, insisting that everyone knew that he wasn’t able to attend in person.

Following Liam Gallagher’s angry tweets about his brother’s no-show, the Coldplay frontman has said that Noel “gave his blessing” for him to perform in his place.

“Thank you @noelgallagher for giving your blessing and encouragement to play don't look back in anger and live forever on Sunday,” he posted on the band’s official account on Tuesday.

“Everyone knew in advance you couldn't be there physically, so thank you for being there in spirit and for lending us those incredible songs. love cm.”

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Later, he added: “And thank you @liamgallagher, that was awesome x cm + jb.”

Martin performed Don’t Look Back in Anger at the concert to raise money for the victims of the May 22 terror attacks and then dueted with Liam on Live Forever.

Speculation that Liam and Noel would put their feud behind them to reunite at the concert was rife in the lead up to the event.

On Monday, Liam blamed his brother in a series of tweets, writing: “Manchester I’d like to apologise for my brothers absence last night very disappointed stay beautiful stay safe LG x.

“Noels out of the f****** country weren't we all love get on a f****** plane and play your tunes for the kids you sad f***.”

The mother of Liam’s daughter Molly, Lisa Moorish, later revealed that Noel had been with them during the concert.

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