Marilyn Manson has had a series of high-profile partnerships during his career, making him one of the most controversial individuals in current popular music. The singer, who is slated to release his 11th studio album, ‘We Are Chaos,’ on September 11, 2020, has been involved in a number of disputes, both musical and otherwise. Here’s a look at the shock rocker’s prior romances and love life.
Manson, born Brian Hugh Warner, was in a relationship with Michele Greenberg before becoming a global multi-platinum rock artist. Manson was inspired to pursue stardom through music after the breakup of his first significant relationship. Manson later dated Melissa Romero from 1992 to 1997.
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The two remained friends throughout the recording and production of his sophomore album, ‘The Antichrist Superstar,’ released in 1996. Manson was linked to pornographic actresses Traci Lords and Jenna Jameson after his breakup with Romero. In her autobiography, ‘How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale,’ Jameson wrote of her connection with Manson.
In late 1997, Manson began dating actress Rose McGowan, which was his first high-profile relationship. McGowan, who was known for her roles in television shows such as ‘Charmed’ and ‘The Doom Generation,’ was in a public relationship with Manson for almost four years, from 1997 to 2000. McGowan’s mesh dress attracted a lot of attention and went on to become one of the most iconic and controversial outfits in the history of the VMAs.
The couple, who got engaged in 1998, made several controversial appearances at public events such as the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, where McGowan’s mesh dress attracted a lot of attention and went on to become one of the most iconic and controversial outfits in the history of the VMAs. McGowan broke up with Manson in 2000 and called off their engagement, claiming “lifestyle issues.”
Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese, a burlesque dancer, and prominent pin-up model were one of Manson’s most important relationships. Manson, who was already a fan of Teese’s, attempted to enlist her in one of his music videos but was unable to do so. Manson and Teese started dating when they reconnected in 2001. Teese was even shot by the singer for the December 2002 issue of ‘Playboy.’
Teese was proposed to by ‘The Beautiful People’ singer in March 2004, and the couple married in a private ceremony in November 2005. The wedding photos were published in the March 2006 issue of ‘Vogue’ magazine. Dita later filed for divorce in December 2006, citing “irreconcilable disagreements” as the reason.
Manson wrote and recorded the song ‘Putting Holes in Happiness’ for his 2007 album ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ to cope with the sorrow of his divorce. When news of Manson and Teese’s divorce became public in January 2007, it was discovered that the reason for their divorce was Manson’s affair with an 18-year-old actress.
Evan Rachel Wood
Following his divorce, Manson had an on-again, off-again romance with Evan Rachel Wood, his co-star in the film “Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll,” who was 19 at the time. Wood also appeared in the music video for his smash tune “Heart-Shaped Glasses,” which he released in 2007.
By April 2007, Wood had admitted to her relationship with Manson, garnering the new couple further media attention. At numerous events, Wood and Manson were frequently photographed together. The high-profile romance, which had lasted two years in its last incarnation, ended abruptly in November 2007, with neither party officially admitting the split.
Manson was photographed with model Isani Griffith in December 2008. Since Manson’s break-up with Wood, it was claimed that the musician and Griffith had been dating. Manson began dating pornographic actress and model Stoya after Griffith.
Then, in 2009, Wood and Manson rekindled their romance. During his ‘The High End of Low’ world tour in Paris in December 2009, Manson even proposed to Wood onstage. Manson and Wood, on the other hand, divorced permanently in August 2010.
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Wood testified in front of California state senators in support of the Phoenix Act in 2019. Wood discussed an abusive relationship she was in when she was 18 years old in the leaked film, the transcript of which can be found here. This was widely assumed to be Wood’s testimony against Manson, who was 36 years old at the time.
Wood stated of the man she started dating when she was 18 years old, ” “He exuded charisma and control over everyone he came into touch with, and I succumbed to his charms immediately. He treated me as if I were a princess at first. I noticed his rage focused on others, but I chalked it up to him being complex and misunderstood. I was sorry for him.
I never expected him to harm me. I had entire faith in him. He was my dearest friend, my mentor, and my salvation. I believed him when he said, “It was us against the world.” I thought I’d found true love and that it was my responsibility to keep my lover pleased at all costs.”
“Marilyn Manson cutting himself 158 times when he contacted Evan Rachel Wood after the breakup it’s not love, it’s abuse,” tweeted Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette.
In a Rolling Stone interview in March 2016, Wood expressed his admiration for Manson, saying, “I met someone who promised me freedom of expression and that I would not be judged… And I was itching for some thrills and risk. ‘Mom, I’m going to get on this tour bus for eight months and see the globe and have a crazy voyage and find myself, and if people aren’t OK with that, I’m sorry, but I can’t live my life for other people,’ I said one day to my mother.”
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Following his final break-up with Wood, Manson began dating Lindsay Usich, a Los Angeles-based photographer and fashion model. Not long after his break-up, the couple was first seen together in August 2010. Since then, the two have appeared together on tour and at a number of award shows.
Usich was afterward referred to in the media as Manson’s ‘girlfriend.’ Manson and Usich, his most low-profile romance to date, went mainly under the radar for over five years. Usich was also recognized as the photographer for Manson’s eighth album, ‘Born Villain,’ which was released in 2012. The couple had a brief breakup in 2015, but have since rekindled their romance.
Marilyn Manson’s Dating History
Dita Von Teese was Marilyn Manson’s first wife (2005 – 2007).
Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood are engaged (2010).
Marilyn Manson has dated Chloe Black (2011), Esmé Bianco (2010-2011), Ashley Lindsay Morgan (2009-2010), Bianca Barnett (1999), Rose McGowan (1997), and Missi Romero (1992 – 1997).
Lexa Vonn (2011), Scarlett Kapella (2011), Peaches Geldof (2011), CariDee English (2010), Stoya (2009), Isani Griffith (2008 – 2009), and Jenna Jameson have all had interactions with Marilyn Manson (1997).
Marilyn Manson allegedly dated Avril Lavigne (2012), Lana Del Rey (2012), and Wendy Moore in 2012.