Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has labelled former friend MARILYN MANSON as "toxic".

The feuding rockers worked together after sparking up a friendship, but their bond quickly disintegrated into rivalry - and Reznor says it is dangerous to be close to Manson.

He says, "I'm not blameless, for sure, but part of it is we were friends, I was helping him out, then he's on my label, then he's opening for my band, and the competitive nature of it got to him.

"I'm disappointed, but you lose friends along the way. There's a toxic element to him that probably wouldn't be healthy for me to be around."

20/07/2005 09:25