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BEdinburgh-born Shirley Manson, 55, was in bands Goodbye Mr Mackenzie and Angelfish before moving to the US to become lead singer of Garbage. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1995 and went multi-platinum, and in 1999 they recorded the theme song for the Bond film The World Is Not Enough. Last year they released their seventh album, No Gods No Masters. Manson is also an actor and hosts The Jump podcast. She lives in Los Angeles with her second husband, sound engineer Billy Bush.

What is your biggest fear?
Dying of the same terrible disease that took my mother – a particularly aggressive form of dementia called Pick’s disease.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Greta Thunberg, a brightly colored little bird in a coal mine, desperately raises the alarm for others while ruining her childhood.

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Describe yourself in three words
Beast with red hair.

What would be your superpower?
I already have a super power. This is called sensitivity.

What do you dislike the most about your appearance?
My hands. They are like ugly little pikes.

If you could bring something dead back to life, what would it be?
My mother.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A ballerina. I remain rather disappointed to have become a rock star instead.

What is your most unpleasant habit?
I like to pee outside in the open air. It drives my husband crazy.

What scares you about getting old?
I don’t want to end up in diapers.

What’s the last lie you told?
“This is delicious.”

What is your most guilty pleasure?
Eat a whole Terry’s Chocolate Orange for breakfast.

Who would you most like to say sorry to, and why?
Myself. I’ve never been harder on anyone else.

What does love look like?
Like a cozy cloud of softness lined with an orthopedic mattress underneath.

Have you ever said “I love you” and did not think so?
Oh my God no.

When was the last time you changed your mind about something important?
When the great minds of Ericka Hart and Ashlee Marie Preston educated me about my own white privilege and the vile racist history of the first wave feminist movement. It was a life-changing moment.

How often do you have sex?
As often as I like.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My dog ​​trusts me.

What was your closest run-in with the law?
I never even came close to being caught.

What keeps you up at night?
Climate change. It is the most important calamity in the making that obsesses me.

Would you rather have more sex, money or fame?
None of the above.

How would you like to be remembered?
I don’t care if people remember me or not.

What happens when we die?
We do not care? Game over.



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