The true identity of graffiti artist Banksy has remarkably still remained a secret after all these years, but there’s a chance Goldie may have accidentally revealed who is behind the project during an interview on a podcast that was released earlier this week, as Metro reports. While discussing Banksy’s influence on the art world, Goldie let a name slip: “Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it and we’re sorted. We can sell it now,” he said. “No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.” There’s an awkward pause before Goldie tries to quickly move on to a different topic. Listen here:
It’s believed that the “Robert” Goldie would be referring to is Massive Attack founding member Robert Del Naja, who also makes graffiti art more publicly as 3D and is lifelong friends with Goldie. Del Naja’s name has been previously floated around as a possible identity for Banksy, and last year a researcher speculated that Del Naja was probably the ringleader of a larger collective based on where Bansky art appeared in the world in relation to Massive Attack’s tour schedule. Del Naja has denied that he’s Banksy in the past.