Inside Justin Bieber’s Complicated Relationship With Marilyn Manson

This article contains a discussion of sexual assault.

The Justin Bieber and Marilyn Manson combo makes for an unlikely bromance — or relationship of any kind. Bieber is open about his religious beliefs and beliefs. “I feel like my relationship with God is wonderful,” he told GQ. Manson, on the other hand, encourages fans to “kill your god” and makes art full of satanic imagery — though he claims it was a ploy to get people to question the norm. “There seemed no other way to snap society out of its Christianity and media-induced coma,” Manson said (via The Independent).

The two musicians are like chalk and cheese. But then again, Bieber is a dark horse full of surprises. Who would think that Bieber is close friends with Will Smith? Or that an 18-year-old Biebs showed up in Floyd Mayweather’s entourage with Lil’ Wayne and 50 Cent before his fight with Miguel Cotto. And, lest we forget, there’s Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s secret marriage.

Manson is just as good at being blind and surprising as Bieber. However, given Evan Rachel Wood’s disturbing allegations, he’s a lot more problematic. Woods has claimed that Manson raped her while she was barely conscious, along with other allegations of abuse. His lawyer denied all allegations to The Guardian. Meanwhile, per CNN, Bieber visited a Brazilian brothel, peed in a janitor’s bucket, stormed into a neighbor’s home and claimed that Anne Frank would have been a Belieber. So yeah, the ex-YouTuber and the goth shock rocker make a really odd couple, to say the least.

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Justin Bieber and Marilyn Manson’s t-shirt scuffle

Justin Bieber’s relationship with Marilyn Manson is as complicated as you can imagine. It starts with a t-shirt and ends in a prayer circle. It all started after Bieber wore a vintage Manson t-shirt on stage, which he sold through his fashion label for $195. It had the original Manson image on the front, but Fear of God designer Jerry Lorenzo emblazoned “Bigger Than Satan…Bieber” on the back. “Thank you Marilyn Manson for signing the ‘Bigger than Satan’ x Justin Bieber t-shirt,” Lorenzo posted on Instagram (via People).

But Manson hadn’t, and he wanted his pound of Bieb’s flesh. “I saw a little girl in a pink hoodie with blonde hair, and it turns out to be Bieber,” Manson told Billboard. “I sit down and I’m like, ‘Hey, so you wore my shirt and everything on stage.'” Bieber claimed it was his idea to repurpose the t-shirt. “I made you relevant again,” the “Baby” singer boasted.

“He was a real piece of shit in the way he had the arrogance to say that,” Manson said. He told Bieber that he was very excited to perform with him the next night. “He thought I was going to show up,” Manson said. “Because he was so stupid.” Manson also “took all proceeds from those shirts”. He later told Howard Stern (via People) that Bieber apologized for being “an ass ****.” Buckle up; It gets more complicated and a lot weirder.

Justin Bieber, Marilyn Manson and Ye make three

Justin Bieber screwed up by selling Marilyn Manson’s t-shirts, and he knew it. “Honestly, I totally thought we hit it off. Again, my mistake. If I was an ass,” Bieber wrote in a text read by Howard Stern (via People). “I just wanted to make sure you and I were okay because I like you,” he added.

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Manson insisted there was “no beef.” However, he couldn’t resist one final dig. “I don’t like fighting girls, so I don’t want to fight Justin Bieber,” Manson said in a 2017 interview (via Us Weekly). He also claimed Bieber had “the brains of a squirrel.” Fast forward four years, add Kanye West, and suddenly Bieber and Manson’s relationship takes a really bizarre turn.

Bieber has strong faith and religious beliefs, Ye claims he is a god, and Manson has long proclaimed he is an “Antichrist superstar.” So when the three of them attended a church service and prayer group together, it was a bit strange, to say the least (even though it was Halloween, so, well, you know). A video of the trio was posted to Twitter and it looks like something David Lynch directed. Bieber is flanked by Manson in a white headdress and long dress and Ye in a white tracksuit, both nodding with their heads bowed. “We could never be more loved than we are right now,” Bieber proclaims as a choir sings, also dressed head-to-toe in white. Yes, it’s complicated.

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