Marilyn Manson opens up about Twiggy Ramirez firing
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Marilyn Manson has explained in an interview with Kerrang! magazine that there was more to the firing last October of bassist Jeordie White, a.k.a. Twiggy Ramirez, than the rape accusations leveled against White by ex-girlfriend Jessicka Addams. Manson explained, "I did not divorce Twiggy as a friend or brother, because I still care about him greatly. But I can't say that my musical relationship with Twiggy has been good for several years. My relationship with (collaborator/producer) Tyler Bates on (2015 LP) The Pale Emperor made something open up in me and I didn’t want to let negative energy back in my life."
Manson continued, "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 a new attitude. People mistook my kindness and generosity for weakness. So I kinda adapted this attitude, like, 'If you f**k with me, there will be consequences.'"
- Although White was a longtime member of Manson's band through two tours of duty, he did not have any writing or performing credits on Manson's last two studio efforts.
- In an October 20th, 2017 Facebook post, Addams detailed the physical and psychological abuse that White allegedly put her through while they were in a relationship in the 1990s, including rape. She said she did not go public at the time out of shame and fear that it could damage her band's career.
- Manson dismissed White from his band days later, saying, "I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka's obvious distress."
- White issued a statement as well, saying, "I have only recently been made aware of these allegations from over 20 years ago. I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind . . . If I have caused anyone pain, I apologize and truly regret it."
- Manson has been touring behind his 10th studio album Heaven Upside Down.