In a new Kerrang article, Marilyn Manson opened up about ‘musical differences’ he had the last few years with Twiggy Ramirez, his former bassist who he fired a couple of months ago.
When he reflects back upon his year, Marilyn Manson describes 2017 as “a great year… but with sobering moments.” As a highlight, he identifies the positive reception October’s Heaven Upside Down has received among his friends, and “strangers too.” While his father’s death and his onstage accident were obvious low points, they were not the only dark stains on the past 12 months of his life. Manson’s former bandmate Daisy Berkowitz, aka Scott Putesky, passed away in October, and that same month the singer dismissed his long-time friend and bassist Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie White) from his touring band following allegations of rape and sexual assault from Twiggy’s ex-girlfriend Jessicka Addams, the former singer of Manson’s ‘sister band’, Jack Off Jill.
“I did not divore Twiggy as a friend or brother, because I still care about him greatly,” he says, picking his words slowly and carefully. “But I can’t say that my musical relationship with Twiggy has been good for several years. My relationship with [musical collaborator] Tyler Bates on The Pale Emperor made something open up in me and I didn’t want to let negative energy back in my life.
“There were other people in my life that I thought were my friends that I had to cut out this year, a lot of betrayals that surprised me, and I had to clean house and adopt and new attitude. People mistook my kindness and generosity for weakness. So I kinda adapted this attitude, like, “If you fuck with me, there will be consequences…” I have issues with intimacy. That might sound weird given that we’re lying in bed together, but y’know…”