Reading Time: 2 minutes The singer-songwriter has been vegan for almost a decade. Credit: Rob Zombie
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Heavy metal icon Rob Zombie, real name Robert Bartleh Cummings, has been vegan for nine years.

The star, who is a founding member of the band White Zombie, made the announcement in a recent interview with GQ

Why Rob Zombie went vegan

He told the publication he ditched animal products while at school after watching a film ‘on how brutal’ factory farming is. Several years later he cut out dairy and eggs too – dubbing them ‘disgusting’.

“Once I went vegan, it was, like…now there’s nothing to eat,” Zombie said

“Every day it gets easier, and every day the food gets better. Veggie burgers used to be like tasteless hockey pucks, and now they’re so delicious.”

Vegan meat

Zombie also described faux meats such as the Beyond Burger as ‘transitional’ – stating that he and his wife no longer consumes them. 

“Your tastes change and what you consider healthy changes,” he explained. “But it is a process, and if someone tries to go hardcore instantly they might fail.”

“You just realize, ‘oh’. This is one giant brainwashed lie we’re fed from the moment we’re born.”

Rob Zombie, Singer-Songwriter

‘One giant brainwashed lie’

The singer-songwriter then talks about how veganism was prevalent in the punk era due to its link to being anti-establishment.

“Once you make these decisions, you can’t help but learn more about it. And every day you uncover what an evil industry everything is,” Zombie says. 

“Dairy is the leading cause of breast cancer, yet Dannon is a big sponsor of the pink ribbon walks. It’s like Marlboro sponsoring the lung society or something. 

“And you just realize, oh, this is one giant brainwashed lie we’re fed from the moment we’re born. You have to uncover each layer of the sham. “

You can read the full interview here

This article was updated on 18/08/21 to correct links

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.