Deuxmoi says his book Anon Pls is inspired by real life
If you’re even remotely invested in tracking the behind-the-scenes background details of your favorite celebrities’ lives, you’re probably following Twome on Instagram. The celebrity-turned-fashion gossip platform Instagram has more than 1.6 million followers, with more follow-ups every day to stay up to date on the count’s endless anonymous insider scoops on all the celebrities. The anonymous person behind the account, also known as Deuxmoi, officially adds “published author” to his CV.
The Book of Two Me, “Anon please.” released on November 8, and it tells a dramatized version of the creation of the Deuxmoi account from the perspective of Cricket Lopez, the fictional assistant to a high-profile celebrity stylist. But the story is not entirely fictional. Many events that happen to Cricket in the book actually happened to Deuxmoi in real life, and many Hollywood events mirror real-life celebrity scandals.
“I wanted it to be as juicy as possible for everyone,” Deuxmoi told POPSUGAR of her book. The events of the book were so real, in fact, that the meetings turned into sessions of negotiation over what Twome could or could not include in the book. “[The] The legal team went through everything with a fine-toothed comb. And I had to change some parts. . . I would negotiate the appeal with the lawyer. ‘Can I put it this way?’ Or, ‘Can’t we leave that in?'”
Despite all the changes, “Anon Pls.” is always a spectacularly spicy read, and Deuxmoi says you might be surprised at how well the book turned out in real life. For example, Deuxmoi’s Instagram account biography reads today: “Certain statements made on this account have not been independently confirmed. This account does not claim that the information posted is based on fact.” Why and how this disclaimer was written appears in the book when Cricket has a serious discussion with his friends about how to avoid being sued.
“The scene in the book… and how [Cricket] freaking out about legality is very close to how it actually happened in real life,” Deuxmoi shares. “There was a lot of panic at the start. I didn’t have a lawyer, and I took advice from someone who was a friend who was a lawyer, and they actually wrote the disclaimer.”
Even some of the celebrity encounters that happen in the book happened in real life, crossing paths with A-listers. “Celebs have definitely messaged me,” Deuxmoi says. But things hit the Cricket fan in a storyline that starkly reflects The fall of Armie Hammer after several women accused him manipulation, rape and psychological and physical violence. Although Deuxmoi was not the first or only account to post about the Hammer scandal, the popularity of her account brought her to the fore.
“The book is a fiction, but it is inspired by real events… [and] this particular moment in the news, I was heavily involved, I feel like. . . unknowingly,” she says. The situation has forced her to grapple with the pitfalls of running such a hard-hitting celebrity gossip account when the tips pouring in turn dark and involve legal implications. “I get a lot of heavy submissions. I don’t post them. . . I am not an investigative journalist. You can’t post something accusing someone of something without proof.”
Because of this, Deuxmoi says figuring out what she should and shouldn’t post was a learning process. “I use my intuition [and] I used follower comments that said, “maybe you shouldn’t post about this,” in a nice way. . . I have definitely accepted constructive criticism that has been presented in a positive manner.”
Deuxmoi remains realistic, admitting that, much like Cricket in “Anon Pls.”, there have been times when she considered throwing in the towel. “Oh, every day at first,” she said, adding, “I would literally call [my friends] every day and say, ‘Why am I doing this? I close it tomorrow. Because it’s a lot. I am one person, and I respond to all submissions, I respond to everyone’s emotions. . . and concerns about what is displayed. . . it’s a lot for one person to handle.”
“Nobody asks about the love interest. I’ve talked to a lot of people about this book. I guess they just assume it’s wrong.”
But Deuxmoi could not give up his account. “I want people to understand how grateful I am for this platform… I’m so grateful to them. So I didn’t want Cricket to complain. I had a lot of panics, but I would also have times — and my friends would help me with that — where they were like, ‘Keep going, see where this leads.’ And then I was like, ‘Wow, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…'”
Twome’s situation is also one in a million – so much so that it looks straight out of a movie. The love affair between Cricket and Ollie, the cute British-born editor who slips into Deuxmoi’s DMs, in particular, seems too good to be true. It had to be made up for dramatic effect, right?
“I had someone ask me in the Q&A yesterday if the love interest was fictional, and it’s not,” Deuxmoi said. “People are like, ‘Why would you want to write this book?’ And I’m like, ‘Because so much crazy stuff has happened that people don’t know about.’ And no one asks about the love interest. I’ve talked to a lot of people about this book. I guess they just assume it’s wrong.
While you can find out what happens between Cricket and his love for “Anon Pls”. reading the book, IRL Deuxmoi’s romance with Ollie’s real-world counterpart is much more up in the air. “Let me tell you, I still don’t know where this is going,” she said, adding, “I think it’s so crazy the way we met. We’re not boyfriend girlfriend at all. , [but we’re] do the long distance thing.”
“Anon please.” ($25) is on sale now wherever books are sold.