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Shirley tells of teenage nightmare.

Byline: Edited by Steve Hendry

ROCKER Shirley Manson is reliving her selfharming agony - to stop youngsters from starting.

The Garbage singer is fronting a new film, Cut: Teens And Self-injury.

The documentary, which she backed financially, will be released worldwide.

The Scots star said self-injury is surrounded by shame and fear.

She said: "It needs to be talked about and it needs to be talked about now.

"I think I started cutting because I was an inarticulate teenager.

"There was a lot of information that I was unable to properly articulate, so it came out in strange ways and the cutting was one of them."

Nearly 600 Scots were admitted to hospital last year after injuring themselves with knives.

Shirley, 40, reveals in the film how she still fights against the "addiction" to wound herself.

But she added: "From the people I have spoken to, it seems that most people grow out of it and it doesn't seem to be something that they carry with them through adulthood.

"Of course, there's exceptions to every rule but, in general, it seems people just somehow pass that moment."

The film is produced by American musician Wendy Schneider, 41.

She said: "Shirley's been incredibly helpful.

"I had already done the first interview before approaching Shirley but when I did she signed on, no questions asked, and was very candid in her interview.

"She has been following the film's progress - she is really involved."

As a teenager, Shirley carried a sharp object in her boot laces and cut herself when she felt s tress, depression or anxiety.

She said: "I think one of the reasons it is prevalent with women is because in our culture it is unacceptable for girls to be violent.

"Girls are labelled bitches if they have any fighting spirit, therefore it is an aggression in women that comes to the fore."

Other stars who admit to self-mutilation include singer Marilyn Manson and actors Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci and Colin Farrell.


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 10, 2006
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