Marilyn Manson has controversially stated he has frequently asked for AIDS for Christmas because he hates the holiday so much.
The 45-year-old rocker – whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner – has controversially joked he has requested to be given the final stage of the HIV infection several times as a festive treat, and is disappointed not to have contracted it.
He said: “People who don’t give me gifts on Christmas, that doesn’t bother me. But I hate giving gifts, and I’ve always asked for AIDS for Christmas and I’ve never got it, sadly.”
The musician – who will release his ninth studio album ‘The Pale Emperor’ next month – continued to say he despises the holiday because it meant he received fewer presents on his birthday – January 5 – as a youngster.
He explained: “Christmas is a holiday which I really don’t like. It’s right before my birthday so as a child I was forced to accept one gift instead of two, and I’ve had much more fun at non-religious holidays.
“I grew up in a Christian school, I hated the religious element of it. But I also grew up in a house where Christmas wasn’t greatly celebrated, mostly because I think my father hated it, and I would associate him with Father Christmas.”
Nowadays, the peculiar star attempts to tarnish the festive season by hanging up a Nazi bauble in his home.
He said: “I have burned a Christmas tree before, I’ve painted one black, and I do have a Third Reich Christmas ball that someone gave to me as a gift, that seems very opposite of Christmas.”
The peculiar singer – whose highest charting hit was a 2001 cover of ‘Tainted Love’ – added he would not hesitate to murder Father Christmas if the jolly elf came to his home.
Speaking to NME.com, he added: “If Santa Claus came down my chimney I’d shoot him as a burglar.”