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Friday, 19 January, 2001, 12:21 GMT
Noel and Meg finally divorce
Meg Mathews and Noel Gallagher
Gallagher and Mathews married in Las Vegas in 1997
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher's three-year marriage to Meg Mathews has been dissolved at the High Court.

The decree was granted, along with 31 others, in a 75-second hearing before District Judge Clive Million.

No objections were raised to the divorce, which is on the grounds of Gallagher's adultery with publicist Sara MacDonald.


Throughout our time together I never cheated on Meg

Noel Gallagher
In divorce papers released later, Mathews says she found it "intolerable" to live with Gallagher since he admitted adultery "in or around late October" last year.

However, Gallagher, 33, has denied being unfaithful to his ex-wife.

In a statement released by the guitarist on Thursday, he said he had left because he could "no longer tolerate her behaviour".

He said he only admitted to cheating in order to get the divorce over quickly.

He was responding to a newspaper report on Thursday which said he had admitted he was unfaithful.

'Honest evaluation'

Gallagher, who is touring with Oasis in Argentina said that reports that he and his current partner, Sara MacDonald, had had a fling were "completely untrue".

In a separate statement, Sara MacDonald also denied that she had been involved in a relationship with Gallagher while he had still been together with Mathews.

She said: "I feel that Ms Mathews would benefit from a more honest and introspective evaluation of the real causes of the breakdown of her marriage."

Gallagher and Mathews married in Las Vegas in 1997 but separated in September last year, eight months after Mathews had given birth to their daughter Anais.

Private life

The guitarist's brother Liam Gallagher also split from his wife, Patsy Kensit, last year.

The couple divorced in September.

Nicole Appleton, of All Saints, is now seeing the Oasis singer and the couple are expecting a child together.

Mathews, who is currently on holiday in the Far East, denied leaking details of the couple's divorce arrangements.

Her spokeswoman said: "Meg has never discussed and is not willing to discuss the current situation of her private life with the press."

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"It's thought they did sign a pre-nuptial agreement"
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