It seems when something gets said over and over again—especially in the mass media—the rumors have an eery way of becoming true. Even when then they’re not. That’s been the case with Skrillex‘s lightning rod return last year, as multiple reports repeatedly tossed around the claim that the dubstep pioneer had an album in the works.

But Sonny Moore is here to say “fake news.”

The man behind the Skrillex moniker sat down with Billboard recently to discuss a number of topics, including his new song with Hikaru Utada for Kingdom Hearts 3. While there, Moore also clarified that the rumors about an album were just that… rumors.

“You know, people have been asking me about when I have a new album coming out,” Skrillex stated, “and it’s a little strange, because I never said I was making an album [Laughs].”

Skrillex said he “still love[s] making music,” and that he is “obviously working,” and went on to discuss his “residency in Las Vegas this spring.” Then Skrillex reveals the whole reason for his hiatus was to begin manifesting the next step in his “life as an adult.”

“Over the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to step away a little bit. I wanted to take some time to prepare for my future and life as an adult, to figure out how I want to approach my career. I just wanna be human for a little bit. I’ll release some new music soon, but I’m just trying to do it organically… That’s my goal for the moment.”

The proof seemed to be in the pudding with a new Skrillex album. For one, he’d been spotted repeatedly in the studio with many collaborators, including Dog Blood, Elohim, Travis Scott, and more. Plus, he’s been playing out tons of new IDs. However, one of the biggest rumor propulsions came care of former Jack Ü member Diplo, when he stated point-blankly in a 2018 interview: “Skrillex is working on a new album.”

And while responsible reporting would’ve refrained from making these kinds of claims in the first place—unless it came directly from the artist or his team—it points to the wider scale rumor mill syndrome that consumers face in the Trump age of Twitter news.

Source: Billboard. Photo credit: Jas Davis.

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Written by Ryan Morse

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