Despite an intimidating array of skull rings on both hands, a threatening set of grills over the top set of his teeth and smudged black eyeliner, Manson somewhat surprisingly declares that he is actually trying his hand at living more…normally.
Marilyn – so notorious he found himself unfairly blamed for the 1999 Columbine school massacre – then reveals how he’s spent the past year turning his life around.
While he might look morbid, he’s anything but. With wit as sharp as the switchblade he claims to carry, he’s charming and within minutes, tells me we’re friends.
But Marilyn, whose real name is Brian Warner, has clearly been as dark inside as he is out. A bleak period after his split from actress Evan Rachel Wood left him suffering depression so extreme he spent Christmas Day in 2008 self-harming on his own, surrounded by cocaine.
Finally, Marilyn bought a house. And the decor sounds very… Manson.
He said: “I fashioned it after the TV show Hannibal, I have a lot of taxidermy, a prosthetic limb collection and a seven-foot tall, 100-year-old skeleton I call Ernie. My cat, Lily White, likes to sleep in his pelvic bone.”
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