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Local media in São Paulo have apparently been running reports that Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood is in Brazil, hiding out “to wait for the end of the world” at the end of the Mayan calender on 12/21, according to the British tabloid the Daily Mail. Of course, Radiohead’s management denied these reports, claiming they have been entirely fabricated, and that Greenwood is not even in the country.
According to Brazilian news website Folha de Sao Paulo (via the Daily Mail), Greenwood is staying in “a self-sufficient guest-house” in the countryside, near the city of São Luíz do Paraitinga. The city’s Tourism Minister, Eduardo de Oliveira Coelho, told Folha de Sao Paulo that Greenwood arrived in early December, and that other band members would be joining him soon. He said Greenwood would offer free classes to Brazilian youth and extend his stay if the apocalypse didn’t happen.
The owner of the hotel even told Folha de Sa Paulo, “The reason why he’s here is to get away, because hotels like this preserve the privacy of guests and he does not want publicity,” according to the Daily Mail.
Of course, none of this is actually true, according to the band’s camp.
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