Marilyn Manson’s shocking stage persona was never an act, insiders claim
In his keynote address for the 1997 College Music Journal Music Marathon, Marilyn Manson – the goth-metal shock-rocker whose controversial Antichrist Superstar album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts a year earlier – took a moment to discuss his inspiration.
“The character Lucifer in the Bible is to me a hero, because he got kicked out of heaven when he wanted to be God,” Manson told the crowd.
Plenty of rock stars pretend to have sympathy for the devil. But sources say that, for Manson, it wasn’t an act.
More than 23 years later, Manson has been dropped by the music industry after a number of women have accused the 52-year-old of behaving like the devil – by physically, mentally and sexually abusing them.