Justin Bieber's Purpose tour merch made a big splash when it first launched, but its heavy metal aesthetic (first popularized by Kanye West) has irked plenty of metal and rock icons along the way. He also regularly wears actual merch shirts by those same "inspiration" bands:
One of the items in the Biebs's arsenal is a straight-up reprint of a Marilyn Manson shirt (with the addition of the phrase "Bigger Than Satan … Bieber" on the back). It sold for $195 on Barneys's website, with the designer Fear of God claiming Manson had okayed the "collaboration":
But in a new interview with Consequence of Sound, 48-year-old Manson blasted 23-year-old Justin for not just copying the shirt design and using his likeness without permission, but also being a jerk to Manson from... the moment they met:
"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."
Justin Bieber trying to take credit for anything Marilyn Manson does, while wearing a shirt with Manson's name on it? It's a weird and rude move, and so Manson responded with one of his own:
"The next day I told him I'd be at his soundcheck at Staples Center to do [a cover of his song] 'Beautiful People' ... [Bieber] believed that I'd show up, because he was that stupid."
Manson never intended to actually show up, but the Biebs had already told him that the shirt was, in fact, a merch idea — and so when Manson's team decided to cash in on those sales, Justin's team forked the money over without a fight.
As for the hard rocker's final impression of the pop star?
"He was a real piece of shit in the way he had the arrogance to say that,. 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? Alright? So stand down, son."
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