No doubt many of you have heard the longstanding rumour that Marilyn Manson got a rib surgically removed so that he could suck his own penis.
Yep, it was one of those weird schoolground 'facts' that did the rounds - along with people telling you that Kel from Kenan and Kel had died. Or was it Keenan? Fuck knows. It wasn't true, either way.
Like many things, the Manson rumour has been a widely-believed 'fact' for years - long before the era of things going viral online (remember when gossip spread by literal word of mouth?!) and fake news.
Marilyn Manson. Credit: PA
Alternative Nation reports that in a fan Q&A session in a recent issue of Q magazine, Manson was asked a question from some guy called Keith Rathbone, who said: "For years, it was rumored that you'd had a rib removed to achieve self-fellatio. Obviously, that's nonsense, but have you ever tried to suck your own cock?"
Manson replied: "Wow! Does Keith get money if I answer this?" he asked. "No comment. Keith, you c**t!"
But we're doubting he was really that offended - even in an early interview with David Letterman, Manson admitted he gets a kick out of being provocative, which probably explains why he was in no rush to dispel any rumours.
Credit: The Late Show With David Letterman
"I've always measured success not only by the number of people that love you, but the ones that hate you, too," he told Letterman.
"If you do something that everybody loves, it's not really worth doing.
"I like to provoke people so they think," he continued. "You know, I think that's a healthy part of entertainment - that you don't get too much from The Spice Girls."
The rumour can most likely be traced back to 27 December 1994, when Manson was arrested after a concert for 'violating the adult entertainment code'. According to reports, Manson was kept at a police station for 16 hours before being released without charge. The police were under the impression that Manson had performed oral sex on a man while performing on stage.
However, what actually happened was very different. Jack Off Jill vocalist, Jessicka, was apparently wearing a prosthetic penis at the gig. No real penis was involved.
In Manson's autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell, he writes: "If I really got my ribs removed, I would have been busy sucking my own dick on The Wonder Years instead of chasing Winnie Cooper.
"Plus, who really has time to be killing puppies when you can be sucking your own dick? I think I'm gonna call the surgeon in the morning."
The mention of The Wonder Years is a reference is to another rumour that Manson starred in the show back when he was a kid, when it was actually Josh Saviano. And, of course, the whole puppies thing is just a joke. Well, we hope.
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