The PR team working on the press tour for Moby’s latest memoir, Then It Fell Apart, probably thought the buzz around his book launch would be people asking, “Remember Moby? He’s got a new book!“. Instead it’s turned into, “Remember Moby? He’s kind of a creep.” And now everyone is talking about how he tried to get with a girl fresh out of high school when he was in his 30s. So Moby has decided to cancel the rest of the dates on his book tour and go away for awhile.
This all started after Natalie Portman responded to a passage in Moby’s new book in which he claims he dated her for a brief time in 1999 when he was 33 and she was 20. The only problem is, Natalie says she was 18, and that they didn’t date at all. Moby responded on Instagram in the most “nice guy” way possible by saying they totally dated and provided proof via an old picture of himself with Natalie. Someone close to Moby must have ripped his phone out of his hand and told him that doubling down on ickiness isn’t going to sell many books, because Moby once again opened his mouth about the whole thing, by way of a semi-apology.
That apology clearly didn’t sweep the creepiness off Moby like he was most likely hoping it would. Because on Tuesday, Moby threw up a post on Instagram titled “last post,” and explained he was done talking for now.
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I’m going to go away for awhile. But before I do I want to apologize again, and to say clearly that all of this has been my own fault. I am the one who released the book without showing it to the people I wrote about. I’m the one who posted defensively and arrogantly. I’m the one who behaved inconsiderately and disrespectfully, both in 2019 and in 1999. There is obviously no one else to blame but me. Thank you, and I’m sorry. Moby
Moby should have added: “And to my bank account, I’m sorry, because it looks like I’m probably not going to be eyeball-deep in book sales at the moment.” People reports that Moby posted a notice on his website announcing that all future dates on his Then It Fell Apart book tour. Moby was scheduled to appear in the UK and Ireland to promote the book next month.
“Moby is canceling all upcoming public appearances for the foreseeable future. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase, and Moby is happy to provide signed bookplates to everyone who bought tickets to these events.”
If Moby wants to save himself some time signing those bookplates, he should just get a stamp made up that reads:
“Huh, well I guess it really did fall apart.”