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We made some very big mistakes and we apologize. In the s, Farian struck gold with Boney M. He knew the importance of image better than anyone, and when he met Rob and Fab in early , he immediately saw an opportunity. Young, attractive, and hungry for success, the aspiring pop stars were easy marks. Rob, the son of a black American soldier and white German woman, was born in New York City but spent the first several years of his life in a Bavarian orphanage.
He was adopted when he was 4 years old. Growing up in Munich, he grappled with racism and feelings of isolation. It was only through music and breakdancing that he found his identity. When he met Fab—who had been raised in Paris by parents from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe—he found someone with similar interests and life experiences.
In the early days of their friendship, Rob and Fab were regular faces on the Munich club scene. Soon, Farian himself took notice.
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What happened next is the most crucial and contested part of the story. Farian invited Rob and Fab to his studio and signed the duo to a record deal. That much is known.
The question is whether Rob and Fab knew what they were getting into. In his version of events, he and Rob signed the contract without realizing they were being hired purely to lip-sync. Little did they know Farian had already recorded vocals with professional singers. Once the group took off, and girls and drugs and money came into the picture, it became even harder for Rob and Fab to break away.
Farian claimed that Rob and Fab were never going to be proper recording artists. They wanted to write songs.
It never happened. They went instead to discos 'til 4 a. All they ever really did was party.
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For all his showbiz acumen, Farian had no idea how big the whole thing was going to get. Thanks in large part to their music videos, which featured the photogenic pantomimers rocking cool clothes and swinging those signature braids, Milli Vanilli scored five Top 5 hits on the Billboard Hot That included three No. As they enjoyed the trappings of fame, Rob and Fab struggled to live with their secret.
Figuring their time was running out, Rob and Fab turned against Farian and demanded to sing on their next album. As the battle intensified, Farian had no choice but to call a press conference and spill the beans.
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He was unapologetic about the scam, and in , he released The Moment of Truth , a new studio album credited to The Real Milli Vanilli, i. Arista, meanwhile, claimed no prior knowledge of the deception, though Rob and Fab insisted the label knew exactly what was going on. They were joined by a voice coach who assured the audience that, yes, they could sing.
The fallout was devastating for Rob and Fab. They released a self-titled comeback album in and even appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show to sing for real in front of a national audience. Fab ultimately sobered up, but Rob spiraled out of control. In he served jail time for assaulting two people and breaking into a car, and in , he died of a drug overdose in a Frankfurt hotel room.
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