The controversy that usually surrounds industrial rock icon Marilyn Manson has created a myth which has often prevented many seeing the musician is, after all, only a human being. The 48-year-old has done a great job in provoking anyone willing to pay attention to him, from religious communities to false moralists.
However, after Manson’s father, Hugh Warner, passed away last weekend, the Ohio-born has shown his vulnerable side, allowing a rare peek into his private life, by posting a heartfelt tribute to his dad on Twitter.
Today I lost my father, Hugh Warner. He taught me to be a man, a fighter, a survivor. I know he is with my mom now. I miss and love you dad pic.twitter.com/f6WT0nrfLh
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) July 7, 2017
“Today I lost my father, Hugh Warner. He taught me to be a man, a fighter, a survivor. I know he is with my mom now. I miss and love you dad,” the post which has seen thousands of retweets reads.
An Instagram post with a similar caption included a childhood photo of Marilyn, born Brian Hugh Warner, alongside his father, additionally saying “I will keep my promise and never let you down.”
Warner, previously lost his mother Barbara Wyer in 2014, after a long battle with dementia. “To the first and greatest believer in me I hope I see you again someday,” he wrote in a Facebook post at the time. “But not now, because I have more things I promised I would do. I’ll make you proud and satisfied that you know that you made the son you wanted. I love you.”
Several weeks earlier, Manson shared another Instagram tribute to his dad on Father’s Day. “For Hugh so loved the world he made me. Happy Father’s Day,” he wrote alongside a photo of the pair, both wearing Manson’s famous goth-inspired stage makeup and black outfits.
In the photo, the two stare directly at the camera with blank expressions as Manson hugs his father from behind.
For Hugh so loved the world he made me. Happy Father’s Day pic.twitter.com/S1mMqWHGj9
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) June 18, 2017
The singer who also paints and acts once revealed that he joined the cast of FX series Sons of Anarchy in 2014 as a way to make his father happy. “Sons has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s,” Manson said in a press release at the time. “So I was determined to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the most amazing piece of television cinema. After all, the very heart of SOA is about that relationship. So, now all I need is a motorcycle.”