He knows about them but wants to distance himself from them.
Unlike based aniki:
Met him in a convenience store in Dublin while visiting family there. I told him I was a fan, and loved his work and he was very pleasant. Told him I had a question, and he immediately cut me off and said "Is this about TDKR?" All I could do was go uhhhhh and he sighed and walked off.
Poor guy. 4U