ROME, 21 JAN – “People think we behave like the Sex Pistols or Mötley Crüe, but we are nothing like that. We understand the risks of using drugs and how they can affect your body. I don’t even drink alcohol anymore.” Speaking – in an interview with the Guardian which dedicates the cover of the cultural insert to him on the occasion of the launch of their new album Rush! – is Damiano David of Maneskin who continue to monopolize attention not only in Italy but also abroad. To make the concept even clearer, the beloved frontman also pretends to pull an imaginary strip of coke from the table of the Los Angeles apartment, where the interview takes place, unleashing the laughter of the inseparable adventure companions Victoria De Angelis, Thomas Raggi and Ethan Torchio. The reference is clearly to the poisonous accusations, which later turned out to be completely unfounded after a special drug test that Damiano keeps hanging on the fridge, of having sniffed in front of an audience from all over the world during the Eurovision 2021 final won with Zitti e Buoni. “At the time we were so angry about this and now we don’t give a f…” Victoria tells the Guardian with a smile, whom the Guardian defines as the most outspoken of the group. In the long interview Victoria says: “Italy is a very conservative country and they are intimidated by the fact that someone might wear make-up or wear high heels or appear semi-naked or not be straight. But fuck them”. Even in America their “passion for nudity” at the MTV VMAs, where they were awarded for I Wanna Be Your Slave, caused a scandal, for their provocative leather clothing and in particular for the young bassist’s not too covered breasts. “We’re too hot for American television,” smiles De Angelis. “It’s so stupid because they want to appear so open – she explains – and then they get scared about a couple of nipples. There’s this difference between men’s and women’s bodies and how you are perceived and sexualized all the time. Everyone has nipples.” “It’s very clear the different standards people have, because I was literally naked,” adds David. (HANDLE).