Remember When Evan Rachel Wood And Marilyn Manson Dated?

In the history of the entertainment industry, there's certainly no shortage of odd celebrity couples. Even so, most of them seem pretty tame once you remember that Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood were together as an actual couple. Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts? Billy Corgan and Tila Tequila? They all pale in comparison to this odd pairing.

Wood and Manson dated from 2006-2011, beginning when she was 19 and he was 38. Despite the many rumors about Manson (and his being married to Dita Von Teese), the relationship continued for around half a decade. Since then, Wood has been spotted in other relationships (including one that involved marriage and a child), but all her other partners have a hard time measuring up to Manson in the weirdness department. 

  • The Pair Filmed A Crazy Music Video Featuring A (Maybe) Pretend Sex Scene

    The Pair Filmed A Crazy Music Video Featuring A (Maybe) Pretend Sex Scene
    Video: YouTube

    In 2007, Manson and Wood co-starred in an insane music video for his song, "Heart-Shaped Glasses." The disturbing sequence includes extended shots of the couple kissing very hard, embracing tightly, and having sex, all while seemingly nude. Soon, rumors began to circulate that the sex in the video was completely real.

    Manson played coy, saying, "There's been rumors back and forth, but I will not confirm or deny them." Another part of the video shows Wood apparently pleasuring herself while watching Manson perform, and the clip ends with the two covered in blood. Manson believes that people should know what they're getting into with his videos, explaining, "I think it's one of those 'buyer beware' situations."

    Despite the controversy, Wood later claimed that the sex scene was staged, saying that the video shows that "it's okay to have different, weird ideas about romance," before adding, "I’m sorry if I have blond hair and blue eyes and my boyfriend looks like a vampire. What do you want me to do about it?”.

  • They Met When Manson Asked Wood To Be In His Horror Movie

    They Met When Manson Asked Wood To Be In His Horror Movie
    Video: YouTube

    Manson and Wood first met when he asked her to be in his horror film, Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, based on poems by the author of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. Wood and British teen model Lily Cole were supposedly going to share the role of Alice in the film, and Angelina Jolie was rumored to be in the movie as well. The project was announced in 2006, at which time a trailer was released, but the film was either shelved due to poor reception, or never actually completed.

  • Manson Was Married To Dita Von Teese When He Met Wood

    In 2005, Manson married model, burlesque dancer, and costume designer Dita Von Teese. A year later, she filed for divorce, in part because he was allegedly already making advances towards Wood. "Dita is heartbroken, she didn’t see this coming," said one of Von Teese's friends.

    Manson did not comment on his supposed infidelity, but instead said, "I was married to someone who wanted me to change. I began not to like myself, not like what I do. I lost my identity. Everything began collapsing around me." When news broke of the pair's coupling, Manson was 38 and Wood 19 (although, to be fair, the story did come out four days after the shock-rocker's birthday). 

  • Marilyn Manson Called Her His "Twin"

    Despite their 18-year age difference, Manson believed that he and Wood were two peas in a pod. "I’ve found my double, my twin, with my new girlfriend, Evan Rachel Wood," Manson told People in 2007. "She’s 19 and certainly that’s very young... but that’s not a problem for me." He added that Wood was completely in sync with odd ways, saying, "She understands I like to get up when night falls and go to sleep at dawn" (which may or may not mean that Manson sleeps 16 hours a day). The pair actually got engaged in January of 2010, but split permanently in 2011. 

  • Manson Doesn't Seem To Have Fond Memories Of His Relationship With Wood

    While at Cannes Lions in 2015, Manson was asked to comment on his ex-wife, Dita Von Teese. "Last time I was in Cannes, I was with Dita," he said. "Even though it failed, she was my longest relationship yet."

    The response was on the vague side, but he was a bit more specific when asked to comment on Evan Rachel Wood. "Mistake!" was his full description of their foray, but he also stated earlier, "I don't trust girls who have three names." Without naming any three-named women, it's pretty clear who Manson had in mind when he made this comment. 

  • Manson Is 18 Years Older, But Wood Didn't Mind

    When they first met during a party at the infamous Chateau Marmont, Evan Rachel Wood was 18, while Marilyn Manson was 36. Regarding the age gap, Wood explained to Us magazine that "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."