When you are a 59-year-old fantasy author going
through a divorce, using Instagram or Twitter to
get back at your soon-to-be-ex seems too immature.
Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer had been married
for 10 years until Palmer announced on her Patreon
account on May 3 that the couple was divorcing.
In a now-deleted tweet, Gaiman responded on
May 4 with a note that seemed to suggest he was
not aware Palmer was going to post on Patreon.
“I see @amandapalmer has told people that
we (like much of the world) are going through
rocky times right now. It is true, we are.
It’s really hard, and I’d like to request
privacy (as I’m not going to be talking about it
publicly) and kindness, for us and for Ash”.
Ash is the couple’s 4-year-old son, who, for
now, is staying in New Zealand with Palmer.
A week later, a Twitter user discovered
that Gaiman had made an update on his
Goodreads account that seemed to be a
passive-aggressive dig at his former spouse.
The update said that Gaiman was
reading a book about divorcing
someone with a personality disorder.
Gaiman, however, insists that it
was not intentional and that someone
else had hacked his Goodreads account.
“Someone with a dark sense of humour just hacked
this account … I suppose that’s what I get for leaving
it here and not doing anything for a long time”.
Since then, the book has been removed
from Gaiman’s Goodreads profile. But people
on the site seemed split in believing whether
Gaiman had actually been hacked or not.
“You get to choose whether to share,
or not,” one poster responded to Gaiman’s excuse.
“It always asks me when I read a kindle book”.
“I love your work and your relationship is
your business,” a fan commented. “Hackers
are such jerks. I’d rather you spend time writing
than debunking ridiculous rumors”.
Gaiman has yet to comment further on the
Goodreads post or his relationship with Palmer