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Shirley Manson details emotional past as a “teenage cutter” and self harm issues


Shirley Mason, best known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage, has opened up about her past struggles as a “teenage cutter” in an emotional admission.

Manson, he began her music career in her teens, joined Garbage in the mid 1990s after being spotted performing with her previous band on MTV. Commuting between Scotland and Los Angeles, she eventually created six studio albums across 25 years of intense work.

However, constant touring and living life in the limelight didn’t come easy. In a new social media post, Mason has detailed earlier moments in her life when she would hurt herself with “razors and penknives” amid times of mental health struggles.

“Dear young people of the world, I was a teenage cutter. I would hurt myself with razors and penknives. Various boyfriends of mine fucked around behind my back. One of them fucked around so much he gave me a dose of the clap. I thought I was unloveable. I thought it was all my fault. I thought I deserved it,” wrote Manson in a post on social media.

“Now I am 52 years old. Soon to be 53. My body doesn’t look anything like this anymore. Neither does my face. Yet strangely I feel better about myself now than I ever did around the time this photograph was taken. I don’t look anywhere near as hot as I did back then. Not even close. My point being, don’t be daft.

“Don’t put up with shitty behaviour from shitty people who hate themselves more than you might hate yourself. Don’t be cruel to your beautiful body like I was. Be grateful for it. Enjoy it and it’s extensive powers. Honour your face. Honour it because it is yours.And because it tells your authentic, true story.”

She concluded: “There is power in that. So much more than you know now. Love love love, Shirleymum.”