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Music legend John Oates admits falling out with Daryl Hall «ruined my life» as he defends his decision to try to sell his half of their music catalog but insists he «loves him like a brother» despite messy legal battle


Music legend John Oates has admitted he decided to sell his half of the music catalog he shares with Daryl Hall because their fallout «kind of ruined» his life.

Oates, 76, is embroiled in a bitter legal battle with Hall, 77, who filed the lawsuit after his music partner apparently tried to sell his stake in Whole Oats Enterprises to Primary Wave Music without his bandmate’s permission.

Speaking exclusively to Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan, Oates defended his decision to try to break up with Hall, explaining: ‘When this whole situation got bogged down in legalities and really complicated legal issues, I got frustrated.’

The father-of-one claimed that Hall ‘always wanted to be his own man’ and he was simply trying to ‘give him a chance to do that’, as he continued: ‘I said, ‘If I sell my half, he can do whatever he wants ”, it was kind of ruining my life to be honest with you, I wasn’t happy.

John Oates has admitted he decided to sell his half of the music catalog he shares with Daryl Hall because their impact «kind of ruined» his life.

Oates sat down for an exclusive interview with Good Morning America to share his side of the story

Oates sat down for an exclusive interview with Good Morning America to share his side of the story

«I said, ‘I’ll just step aside.’ People do it all the time, look at all the artists selling their catalogs, it’s not that big of a deal. Darryl didn’t like the idea of ​​me selling to a third party,» he claimed.

When Michael told Oates that Hall claimed his planned sale he was completely secret and malicious intent to move’ and ‘the ultimate treason,’ Oates replied that he really didn’t see it that way.

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«We’ve always looked at ourselves as individuals working together and I felt I had a right to do that,» he said, before confirming that they haven’t been making music for the past two decades – they’ve only been playing their hits. live together

Asked if they had ever fallen out before the legal battle, Oates revealed: “No, not really. We never had many disagreements, but then again we never talked much.

“For the past 20 years we’ve been individually showing up, going on stage, playing and then going our separate ways. It really wasn’t as close as people… like to imagine our relationship in their imaginations.’

Asked what he would say to Hall if he could send him a message, Oates said: “I love him like a brother…. I love you like a brother if I talk to him directly. But you know what? Brothers have disagreements. Families are separated.

«I would say I wish him the best, I hope he has everything he wants in life and that he can achieve his dream of being a recognized solo artist, which I think is something he’s always wanted.»

Oates, who Hall has issued a restraining order against, said he thought his former music partner had «changed a lot» and also confirmed whether he would ever perform live again.

«Not from my point of view, but you have to ask Darryl how he feels about it,» he told GMA’s Michael.



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