Marilyn Manson is not a Justin Bieber fan. After his image was used allgedly without his consent in Justin Bieber's Purpose tour merchandise in 2016, Manson had some words for the pop star.
Manson recalled the run-in he had with Beiber to Billboard:
I ran into him in some fancy bar where a lot of celebrities—a word that I despise—go. I saw a little girl in a pink hoodie with blond hair, and it turns out to be Bieber.
The surly singer went on, "I sit down, and I say, 'Hey, so you wore my shirt and everything onstage.' He was one of those touchy people that hit you when they talk, and he comes up to about dick height. Then he goes, 'I made you relevant again.'"
Of the interaction, the singer also told Consequence of Sound, "[Bieber] was a real piece of s--t in the way he had the arrogance to say that."
The 48-year-old then went on to say his response was to lie to the singer.
He says he told Bieber, "'That was a great idea you had about doing 'The Beautiful People' at your show at Staples Center tomorrow.' And he goes, 'Yeah, it was,' not knowing that I told him an idea that I had just made up. His tour manager sat down, and I asked, 'What time is sound check tomorrow? What time should I be there? Because we're going to do ‘Beautiful People.'' Obviously, when 4 p.m. rolled around the next day, I just didn't show."
At the time, the brand's designer Jerry Lorenzo posted an Instagram thanking, "@marilynmanson for signing off on the 'Bigger than Satan' x #jb tee." The designer also wrote, "Thanks for understanding our approach and re-interpretation of your vision."
However Manson said no such thing happened.
Manson added that he did get the money for his likeness being used and didn't have to make it a legal battle.
The singer claims, "It was nice though 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.' So it was a double 'f--k you,' but wouldn't have happened if he hadn't said, 'I made you relevant again.'"