Last October, Marilyn Manson split with longtime bassist Jeordie White — otherwise known as Twiggy Ramirez — after White's ex-girlfriend, former Jack Off Jill front-woman Jessicka Addams, came forward with allegations of rape and sexual assault. (White subsequently issued a public apology, stating he does not "condone non-consensual sex of any kind.") Manson commented on the situation in a recent interview with Kerrang!, revealing that White's dismissal might have been a long time coming, as Ultimate Guitar points out.
"I did not divorce Twiggy as a friend or brother, because I still care about him greatly," Manson began, "but I can't say that my musical relationship with Twiggy has been good for several years." He added, "My relationship with [musical collaborator] Tyler Bates on The Pale Emperor [Manson's 2015 album] made something open up in me and I didn't want to let negative energy back in my life."
"There were other people in my life that I thought were my friends that I had to cut out this year, a lot of betrayals that surprised me, and I had to clean house and adopt a new attitude," he added. "People mistook my kindness and generosity for weakness. So I kinda adopted this attitude, like, 'If you fuck with me, there will be consequences ...' I have issues with intimacy."
White was a member of Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in the Nineties and continued to play with Manson until the early aughts, when the two parted ways. In 2008, he returned to Manson's band; he's also done stints with Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle.