The Pale Emperor, the title of my new album, was the nickname of the child emperor Heliogabalus. He denied God, wore makeup, and would slaughter the peasants in the middle of the street and have their families drink wine from their blood. He was very decadent and androgynous. For some of the photoshoots I used Tempera paint on my face so it would crack, like an old painting. The cracked actor: beautiful with all these cracks and flaws, and maybe underneath there’s another painting that has been painted over.


Johnny Depp is like a brother to me. We have matching tattoos on our backs – Charles Baudelaire, the flowers of evil, this giant skeleton thing. It’s kind of a secret. People say to us, “Why did you get that?” And we say, “No reason.”


I wear makeup because it’s the way I like to look. More like why a woman wears makeup: not in terms of looking feminine but just to look a specific way. Maybe “attractive” is the right word; maybe it’s not the right word. It’s different every day for me. Makeup gives me the ability to transform quite easily.