In his new memoir Then It Fell Apart, Moby has opened up about dating a pre-fame Lana Del Rey, AKA Lizzie Grant, and apart from being kinda creepy, it’s an interesting insight into the world of fame.
The book was released earlier this month as a follow-up to the 2016 book form the EDM star Porcelain. It’s been described as “a journey into the dark heart of fame and the demons that lurk beneath the bling and bluster of the celebrity lifestyle.”
One key factor of the book is the diving into the 53-year-old’s dating past including a brief romance with Lana Del Rey. In it he recalls the pair evening together with Lana finding herself at his New York penthouse apartment.
Remembering his encounter with Del Rey, Moby wrote: “We’d kissed at the bar at 4 a.m., just as the place was closing, and I’d asked her to come home with me. She’d smiled and said no, she wouldn’t go home with me after just meeting me, but she would happily go on a date if I called her and asked her out. I called her the next day, and we talked for thirty minutes about music and politics and growing up in the suburbs.”
He added: “She was beautiful, smart, and charming; making plans to meet up with her was both what I wanted to do and what my new therapist had told me to do.”
Moby became more interested in the beautiful Grant when she opened up about being a musician during dinner. The producer then asked to hear some of her work. The excerpts from the book below offer some insight into the evening.
“Sure, do you have a piano?”
“Yes, back on the second floor,” I said.
“Floors in an apartment.” She shook her head. “Moby you know you’re the man.”
“Ha, thanks,” I said.
“No, not like that. You’re a rich WASP from Connecticut and you live in a five-level penthouse. You’re ‘The Man.’ As in, ‘stick it to The Man.’ As in the person they guillotine in the revolution.”
I didn’t know if she was insulting me but I decided to take it as a compliment.”
Moby then describes Del Rey’s early working as “haunting” and asserting that her “voice was dark but strong”. When asking if she was pursuing a record deal, Moby questioned whether she would release music under her own name of Lizzie Grant “I don’t know. When you say it like that it sounds kind of plain,” she replied.
“I think it’s a nice name.” I sat next to her on the piano bench and started kissing her. She kissed me back — but then stopped.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“I like you. But I hear you do this with a lot of people.”
I wanted to lie, to tell her that I didn’t, that I was chaste, sane, and ethical. But I said nothing.
“I’d like to see you again,” she said.
I walked her downstairs to the twenty-ninth floor and kissed her good night at the bank of the elevators.
This wasn’t how I imagined the night ending. I’d assumed that we would end up christening my new apartment with vodka and sex. But to my surprise, this was almost nicer.
While talking about his side project Little Death Moby then revelaed that Del Rey used to work for him. “Lizzie Grant, whom I’d tried dating a couple of years ago, was one of our original backup singers, but she left the group to pursue her own career as Lana Del Rey,” he said.