Mr. Yates says all this stewing over Moby has given him gray hair and bad dreams. “I was really, really hurt,” he told The Transom. “The feeling of betrayal and loss of my friend was devastating.” He continued, “When we were having the argument, I was like, ‘You know, Mobe, I’m your best friend. You don’t have anyone else.’ He was like, ‘Yes, I do. I have other friends: my manager, Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow….'” Moby’s other Darien friends apparently feel loss, too, but–unlike Mr. Yates–they won’t go on the record for fear of crossing their now-powerful pal.
Mr. Yates tried reconciling with a seven-page letter. The reply, he said, was business-like: “‘Dear Sir: Thank you for your letter. It’s clear we don’t see eye-to-eye.'” Moby, however, explained that “we broke up as friends, but we also broke up as business partners. So we had to deal with business issues. And I rather … methodically addressed these issues. I wasn’t trying to be stiff.”
So Mr. Yates–now famously–put a certificate for Moby’s “eternal soul” up for auction on eBay for five cents. The bidding reached $42. Mr. Yates plans to use the certificate as the cover for a new single he’s recording, titled “Hey, Moby.” “It’s going to be big in Germany,” he said.
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