Marilyn Manson has revealed that being associated with the Columbine massacre has significantly damaged his career.

The goth rocker blasted critics who suggested that his lyrics may have encouraged the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999.

Speaking to Kerrang, he said: "Blaming me for [Columbine] was ridiculous."

"It's a lack of responsibility from everyone. If you want to blame something, well, I went to a Christian school. That's why I write what I write. Shall we blame the Christians?

"I essentially lost everything because of Columbine but, if it happened now, it just wouldn't have the same impact. There has to be that first person who takes the arrows in the back and I guess that was me."

The star was also linked to the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, when murderer Asa Coon was found to be wearing a Manson t-shirt.

"If there was a Grammy Award for death toll, it would be mine. I don't think anyone has been blamed for as much violence as me," he added.

Marilyn Manson released his eleventh studio album The High End Of Low last month.