When Morrissey tweeted his first words earlier this week, the web was set abuzz and his @itmorrissey account gained almost 170,000 followers in 24 hours. But now The Moz himself has publicly denied the account was ever his.
In a statement written to Morrissey zine True to You, the former Smiths frontman wrote:
I would like to stress that I do not have either a Twitter or a Facebook account. I gather that a Twitter account has been opened in my name – as ‘It’s Morrissey’ – but it is NOT Morrissey. I do not know who has opened this recent Twitter account, but please be aware that it is bogus. That’s, of course, if you should remotely care.
Salt Lake City
15 May 2014.
The excitement surrounding those phony tweets stemmed from, in part, that it seemed so uncharacteristic of the iconic indie-rocker to use the social media platform. Seems that sentiment was accurate, after all. The account has since been deleted.