In a strange new turn of events, it seems like Marilyn Manson has declared Justin Bieber his mortal enemy.
Just when you thought 2017 couldn’t get any weirder, right?
We already knew that Marilyn doesn’t have too much love for Justin — he’s made that clear in the past.
He’s criticized the troubled young pop star on multiple occasions, a few times for daring to wear one of his t-shirts.
At one point last year though, they posed for a selfie together, and Marilyn even posted a selfie of his own in which he was wearing a Bieber shirt for a change.
But it looks like things aren’t weirdly, uncomfortably friendly for them anymore.
In not one but two new interviews, Marilyn discusses Justin … and it’s clear that there’s still a lot of bad blood there.
The key issue for him stems from a Justin Bieber t-shirt released last summer.
For some reason, Justin teamed up with Barneys then to pull a Kendall and Kylie: they took a Marilyn Manson shirt, put Justin’s name on the back, along with the words “Bigger Than Satan,” then sold the thing for $195.
At the time, the shirt’s designer publicly thanked Marilyn for signing off on the idea.
But, as Marilyn reveals in an interview with Consequence of Sound, that’s not exactly how things went down.
In his story, he ran into Justin at a bar, and “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 also claims that Justin told him the dumb t-shirt “was his idea,” and so Marilyn decided to play a little prank on him.
“The next day I told him I’d be at his soundcheck at Staples Center to do ‘Beautiful People,'” he says, though he obviously never had any intention of performing with him.
Poor, simple Justin “believed that I’d show up, because he was that stupid.”
“He was a real piece of sh-t in the way he had the arrogance to say that,” he explains.
“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? All right? So stand down, son.”
(Just in case you’re the kind of person who doesn’t keep up with celebrity heights, Justin is 5’9″ to Marilyn’s 6’1″, so not exactly “dick height” in reality.)
As for the issue of the t-shirts, Marilyn says that he “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.”
In a second interview, this one for Billboard, he tells the same story, but with a few more jabs.
For instance, when he ran into Justin he says “I saw a little girl in a pink hoodie with blond hair, and it turns out to be Bieber.”
He gives a little more information about the shirts though — he says that “I didn’t have to sue his company for making the shirts that he wore with his name and my face on it.”
“They were very much like, ‘We know we’re wrong here, just take as many dollars as you want.”
He adds that the whole thing “wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t said ‘I made you relevant again.'”
While he seems especially catty towards Justin, it makes sense that he’s not a fan of the kid.
If he really did have the arrogance to tell Marilyn that he’s the reason he’s relevant today — and since he was down to make that painfully stupid t-shirt, we have to imagine he did — he kind of deserves it.
When is Justin ever going to learn?