Evan Rachel Wood recounts the negative, mean reaction to her volatile romance and engagement with rocker Marilyn Manson.

When Wood and Manson started their romance in 2006, Wood was 19 and Manson was 36, causing the public to meet the couple with raised eyebrows. The fact that Wood co-stared in a racy music video with Manson, sparking rumors the video depicted the two actually having physical realtions, didn’t help the public perception of the duo. It was a very public relationship when compared with Wood’s previous Hollywood love, Jamie Bell, to whom she is now married and with whom she now has a four-month-old son.

"People Were Mean"

People were pretty mean… At the time I hadn’t yet been exposed to that kind of cruelty from strangers. If people were wondering why I was acting so-called crazy or like a teenager, it’s because I was. People go through phases. People make mistakes. People go through life and don’t get it right every time,” Wood said in an interview.

This isn’t the first time Wood has spoken about the media’s nasty reaction to her controversial relationship. In 2007, one year into their relationship and three years before he proposed to her at a concert in 2010, telling British Elle that she has learned a lot from her beau, including how mean people can be.


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“I’ve seen blogs where I’ve been called a slut, a whore, that say I should be condemned to death simply because I’ve fallen in love. Surely the fact that we are both prepared to go through all this proves just how important – and real – our love is, no? Everyone is so worried that I’m losing myself but really I’m finding myself. I’ve never been more comfortable in my own skin,” Wood said at the time.

Wood Talks Marilyn Manson Relationship

After the breakup, Wood continued to talk about how her relationship with Manson gave her a chance to explore her teenage years again. Wood, a child actress, has been working consistently since she was seven, and says that, after she turned 18 and began dating Manson, she was able to take back a bit of her childhood.

“Manson gave me what I felt I’d missed out on, where you get to experiment and cut loose and change and grow. I lived 50 lifetimes in those four years,” Wood told New York Magazine.

Wood currently stars in the film Charlie Countryman with Shia Laboeuf, out in theaters now.

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