Musical differences aside, Marilyn Manson‘s and Justin Bieber‘s supposed friendship that came into light last year was definitely unexpected, especially with Bieber being a man of God and Manson being quite the opposite, and even being the self-proclaimed “Antichrist Superstar” and “The God of Fuck”.
Yet, it seems their friendship hasn’t lasted very long, and that it has come to crash and burn due to Bieber‘s selling of a repurposed Manson t-shirt stating “Bigger Than Satan… Bieber”, and also offending Manson directly by telling the shock rocker that he made him “relevant again” by doing so, and by wearing Manson merch.
In an interview with Consequence of Sound (here), Manson says that when he first met Bieber “he was [already] wearing the shirt that had his name on my shirt, and he said to me, ‘I made you relevant again’. Bad mistake to say to me.”
“He was a real piece of shit in the way he had the arrogance to say that. He was a real touchy-feely guy, too, like, ‘yo yo bro!’ and touches you when he’s talking. I’m like, you need to stand down, you’re dick height on me, ok? Alright? So stand down, son.”
“The next day I told him I’d be at his soundcheck at Staples Center to do ‘Beautiful People'”, Manson recounts, at which point Bieber confessed that the t-shirt “was his idea”. Manson never intended to perform with Bieber, but “he believed that I’d show up, because he was that stupid.”
The repurposed t-shirt in question was being sold for $195 at luxury retailer, Barneys. At the time, the t-shirt’s designer, Fear of God, was adamant that Manson had given both him and Bieber permission to “reinterpret” the original image.
Manson says that he eventually “took all the proceeds from those shirts from him. They didn’t even fight, they were just like, ‘yeah, we already know, we did wrong, so here’s the money’.”
Marilyn Manson‘s tenth studio full-length album, ‘Heaven Upside Down’, is scheduled for release on October 6th 2017 via Loma Vista Recordings/Caroline International.