Moby reflects on missing mum’s funeral because he was ‘passed out’ in explosive new documentary

Moby reflects on missing mum’s funeral because he was ‘passed out’ in explosive new documentary
Moby reflects on missing mum’s funeral because he was ‘passed out’ in explosive new documentary
Owning his flaws: The star is frank about his mistakes in Moby Doc (Picture: Rex)

Moby is to bare his soul for a brutal documentary — in which he confesses to missing his mum’s funeral because he was ‘in bed, drunk, passed out’.

The Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad hitmaker discusses the dark side of fame in the film but it won’t include his spat with Oscar winner Natalie Portman, who dubbed him a ‘creepy old man’.

Explaining why he is making Moby Doc, the 55-year-old said he admires ‘other public figures who’ve attempted to be honest’.

Moby — whose dad died in a drink-driving accident when he was two — added that it’s not only honesty from well-known people that he appreciates but also from fellow alcoholics he meets at AA meetings. 

‘People who are willing to openly discuss the things that so many people are either ashamed of, or work so hard to hide,’ he explained.

The film is set to be explosive after he previously confessed to 8am benders that involved ‘bags of drugs… 15 drinks… having sex with a complete stranger’.

Embargoed to 0001 Friday March 26 Undated handout photo issued by Universal Music of Moby, who says he hopes a candid new documentary featuring his struggles with addiction and depression will help counter any
Moby’s explosive documentary – and new album – will drop in May (Picture: PA)
Natalie Portman
His run-in with Natalie Portman will not be featured (Picture: WireImage)

Now Moby is happy to publicly own his flaws. But he says his run-in with Natalie is a sideshow and will not feature. He was driven to apologise after claiming in his 2019 memoir that he had dated the 39-year-old Black Swan star.

Natalie slapped down his recollections, describing their interaction as ‘a much older man being creepy with me’. 

She added: ‘He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I had just turned 18.’

Explaining why that chapter hit the cutting-room floor, Moby said: ‘It got a lot of attention, but it was, just in terms of page count, an incredibly minor… banal part of the book.’ 

He is dropping the doc on May 28, along with new album Reprise.

Adele taught me how to shy-ne, says Michael

Michael Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka reveals what he learned from watching Adele perform (Picture: Redferns)

Mercury prize winner Michael Kiwanuka credits Adele for teaching him that you can still top the charts… even if you’re shy.

The Cold Little Heart singer, who toured with Adele when he was just starting out, described how the Grammy and Oscar winner would overcome her nerves.

Performing on tonight’s BBC Radio 6 Music Festival — with highlights of the virtual event on BBC Four — Michael, 33, said: ‘The first gig was in Oslo. I walked in from our Vauxhall Zafira car, acoustic guitars on our backs, and she’s singing Rolling In The Deep. You can hear it coming through the walls and you’re like, “I’ve got to go on!” Barely knew how to soundcheck.

‘It was scary, but amazing because I’d watch the whole set every night and I learnt that she would sort of go to her own place.

‘She really sang from her heart. And I thought, “OK, you can be shy and still sound good.”’

Beabadoobee just ploughed on

Beabadoobee sowed the seeds of her latest album down on the farm with The 1975’s Matt Healy.

The death bed star has served up a first taster of their lockdown efforts with new track Last Day On Earth.

‘It’s about all the things I would have done had I known we were going into a lockdown and the world was going to change the way it has,’ said the 20-year-old.

Having worked on the EP out in the countryside with frontman Matt and his bandmate George Daniel, she added: ‘My first time writing and recording on a farm.’

A case of Foal play! Live gig is on

Foals are hot to trot when it comes to live gigs… they have joined the line-up for All Points East this summer.

The My Number stars are already looking forward to playing the festival in east London in August.

‘We’re super-happy to be playing at APE,’ said the band. ‘Victoria Park is one of our spiritual homes, so it’s going to be really special.

‘We’re working hard in the studio and you never know, we might just throw in a new riff or two!’ 

Jade Bird, Maisie Peters and Ghostpoet are also booked.

Pic cap: Mane event: Foals’ Yannis Philippakis PICTURE: REDFERNS

A crowning achievement… Sarah drops ‘unheard’ track

Sarah Harding
Sarah Harding has dropped her first song in years (Picture: WireImage)

Sarah Harding is relaunching her solo career during her battle with breast cancer.

The Girls Aloud star, who says she doesn’t expect to see another Christmas, has dropped her first song in six years after stumbling across it on her laptop.

Sarah, who revealed she recorded Wear It Like A Crown ten years ago, said she felt ‘sad that no one ever got to hear it’. 

After her team suggested she release it now, Sarah, 39, wrote on Instagram: ‘I thought, “Why the hell not?”’

She said profits from the track will go to the Christie NHS Foundation.

New music tease — just as fans feared she’d Rih-tired

Rihanna’s five-year tease continues after she announced she will finally drop some new music ‘soon’… but only the one song.

RiRi mentioned her last album, 2016’s Anti, when she shared a Women’s History Month video honouring her career on her Instagram.

She wrote in the caption: ‘Congrats to everyone that contributed to this era [‘Anti’].’

When one of her fans commented ‘celebrate by releasing a song’, the 33- year-old Work singer replied, ‘I think I should’ with the soon arrow emoji. 

She then added: ‘just 1 tho lol.’

Scarlett: My life of media blunders

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson talked her biggest blunders (Picture: WireImage)

Scarlett Johansson is urging fans to stop holding stars to account as if they are politicians after confessing she has ‘made a career out of’ media blunders.

Scarlett, 36, is pushing back on the notion of actors being obliged ‘to have a public role in society’. 

She told The Gentlewoman: ‘It’s unfair. You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor.’

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