BOMBSHELL?: Noel quits Oasis
Noel Gallagher has announced he is to leave Oasis.
In a message on the band's website, the guitarist and songwriter said: "It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer. Apologies to all the people who bought tickets to the shows in Paris Konstanz and Milan."
The news comes after the band cancelled their second big festival show in the space of a week.
They were due to play tonight at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris. However, according to reports Noel and Liam were involved in a fight backstage minutes before they were scheduled to go on stage.
Last weekend Oasis pulled out of the V festival, with Liam reportedly suffering from viral laryngitis.
Noel's announcement follows months of speculation that the band might be splitting.
In an NME interview last week, Liam admitted that the pair weren't currently speaking, saying: "It takes more than blood to be my brother."
This is far from the first time the Gallagher brothers have fallen out.
In 1995, Liam famously refused to join the band on a crucial American tour, leaving Noel to take on lead vocal duties.
However, neither Noel or Liam – the two pivotal members of the group – have ever officially left the band before.
Oasis formed in Manchester in 1991, releasing their debut album Definitely Maybe three years later.
The follow up, What's the Story (Morning Glory), arrived in 1995, establishing them as the biggest rock band in Britain.
It was at this point that the stormy nature of the Gallagher brothers' relationship came to light, with tales of late night brawls marring the recording sessions.
However, the band continued, releasing a further seven albums, and despite frequent and public squabbling between them, the brothers always reconciled.
Whether this latest argument will be resolved remains to be seen.