It's so disappointing to hear this happened to anyone, especially someone working on getting their dreams to come true.
It seemed like some sort of cruel joke for singer Coby Koehl, who in a whirlwind of luck ended up being a protege of Boy George through Facebook (thanks, Mark Zuckerberg!), and then being left high and dry after a night of character assassinations and insults.
After hearing Coby's voice, Boy insisted on him being flown to England to stay and perform some shows. Everything went swimmingly, and George even wanted to manage Coby, and have him open for him on tour!
On Coby's second trip back, however, things changed for the worse. George started complaining that Coby was "too nice," when all Coby wanted to do was be appreciative and respectful for the opportunity.
Then things got worse. VH1 was doing a remaster of Behind the Music when George started talking up Coby, which was fantastic, until he tried to force him to sing a song in Hebrew for the crew.
Coby found it offensive:
"And then he wanted me to get up and sing a song in Hebrew, which I thought didn't represent me, and would alienate my audience. He's throwing me under the bus! So people wouldn't relate to me, I think. And that's what the big fight was about. At one point, I was mentioned in every magazine article and on television. I was getting really great publicity; he was really pushing me. And it was an incredible feeling. And then all these expectations — I was supposed to go on tour, I was supposed to have an album out with him, and then it just fell out of the blue. It just all of a sudden, in the switch of a light, in a second, it all just changed. Immediately. It was devastating."
That's horrible! We can't imagine what that would feel like!
George then continued his anti-Coby tirades, having friends ruin opportunities for him at recording studios and the lot.
Coby tries not to be malicious about it, because despite everything he still really appreciates the things George and his family did for him, regardless of how it ended.
So sad. But Coby still continues to sing, knowing that that can never be taken from him!
Keep it up, Coby! We hope things happen for you!
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