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Evan Rachel Wood hurt by abuse during Marilyn Manson romance

Published 28/11/2016

Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood started dating Marilyn Manson because she was "craving danger and excitement".

Evan Rachel Wood's relationship with Marilyn Manson led to her being verbally attacked when she walked down the street.

The 29-year-old actress was just 19 when she started dating controversial rocker Manson, who was 36 at the time. The pair had met a year earlier when Manson, real name Brian Warner, was still married to burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, their relationship didn't begin until 2006.

Wood's romance with Manson led to her being labelled a home wrecker, with many speculating that she was to blame for his marriage ending.

"Most teenagers are searching for identity, and I was thrown into a situation where I was supposed to have that already figured out," she told Rolling Stone magazine. "Then you're demonised for figuring it out and getting messy. People would call me a w**re when I walked down the street, and you can't not be hurt by that."

Wood and Manson got engaged in January 2010, but ended their romance later that year. Opening up about the former relationship to the publication, openly bisexual Wood admits it was make-up wearing Manson's androgyny that she was first attracted to.

"I met somebody that promised freedom and expression and no judgements," she said. "And I was craving danger and excitement. I looked at my mother one day and said, 'Mom, I'm gonna get on this tour bus for eight months and see the world and have a crazy journey and find myself, and if people aren't OK with that, I'm sorry, but I can't live my life for other people.'"

After the end of her relationship with Manson, the Westworld actress rekindled her romance with former boyfriend Jamie Bell. The pair wed in October 2012 and had a son together in July 2013, but announced their separation a year later after 19 months of marriage.

Bell is now dating actress Kate Mara, while Wood is believed to be single.

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