Rose McGowan and Marilyn Manson Called off Their Engagement Almost 20 Years Ago — a Look Back
#MeToo frontwoman Rose McGowan was once engaged to controversial rocker Marilyn Manson, and called off the wedding in 2001.
Almost 20 years ago, one of the figureheads of the #MeToo movement, Rose McGowan was engaged to controversial rocker Marilyn Manson.
The actress ended up calling off the wedding. Now 46, McGowan has opened up about what led her to end her relationship to Manson.
Years later, McGowan discussed the breakup with BRAVO talk show host Andy Cohen
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Despite the bizarre image he has always cultivated., Manson, now 51, has always been seen with some of the most classically beautiful women in Hollywood. In 1998 that woman was a then-up-and-coming young actress named Rose McGowan.
The smitten Manson proposed 1999 and was accepted, but the love that brought them together couldn't overcome what McGowan would later describe as "lifestyle differences."
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I get asked a lot if I ever liked working in Hollywood. My answer is no. I never did. It was a means to my end. My goals. My Hollywood was a job filled with mostly sociopathic predators shooting damaged fish in a barrel. We, the beautiful ones, we were the fish. We were their targets. The truth of it is that the beautiful ones are looked at as the weak gazelles in the herd, the ones that limp under the attention they receive. It was too much for me. Look in my eyes. Ask me again if I liked it. No. But you wouldn’t either if you’d been made fun of, shunned, looked down upon, considered dirty all because someone everyone knew as King Predator and a total piece of shit, told them to do so directly or indirectly. I used to get told two things consistently in Hollywood. Once by (in my opinion) my dead souled agent, Leslie Siebert, at the creepy agency Gersh- Good old Leslie told me not to speak so much in meetings, that I was intimidating the men in the audition room with my vocabulary. I was destroyed by that comment. It was late in my ‘career’ and I was stunned. Imagine how tired I was? Years of that directly to my face. But it was so demoralizing. I went into my car and cried and tried to figure out a way out of my life. Being trapped on the other side of the screen fucking sucked for me. But here’s the thing, none of it was a shock. I always knew I’d be famous and I always knew it was not the big deal. The Culture Reset is the big deal. So, in hindsight, @lesliesiebert and #Gersh go fuck yourselves. You did me a favor. You helped get me mad enough to crack the glass ceiling of thought. I hope now you take your clients seriously. They are smarter than you. How you treat them is how they are treated is how the world is treated. Stop it. Honestly, I think agents in Hollywood are low-key human traffickers. Anyone who makes money in a negotiation of how long my right breast can be on the screen and PROFITS from it?! Sanctioned pimping if you ask me. Listen to your clients. Respect them. Don’t sell your clients out to the invisible rules of bullshit Hollywood. PS you always did suck #hollywood #memories #⚔️🦾 #Freedom #rosearmy
THE END OF THE ROMANCE
In 2001, McGowan called off the engagement to the controversial singer/ actor/ artists. Years later, McGowan discussed the breakup with BRAVO talk show host Andy Cohen. When asked why she left Manson, the actress replied:
“Think about it Andy… What was Scarface about?”
McGowan was citing the 1983 Al Pacino movie about the rise and fall of a cocaine drug lord. Cohen quickly responded to MacGowan's prompt, saying:
“Coke. He did too much blow and you were not down for it.”
McGowan herself admits to using cocaine as a recreational drug, and in 2019 she pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drug charge after a wallet she'd lost at Dulles International Airport was found to contain cocaine. McGowan was fined, and given a suspended sentence.
FUN AND THE ROCK STAR
Nevertheless, McGowan revealed that she has no regrets over her three-year relationship with Manson, and describes the best part of their time together as "rock star fun." Despite their split, Manson was vocally supportive od his ex-fianceé when the Harvey Weinstein story broke.
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I need your help. Please say a protective prayer (or spell) for the brave women testifying. They will be vilified, they will be lied about, they will be shamed. The tactics employed against them will be like an old-fashioned witch burning. These women will feel the flames at their feet, the flames of societal judgement. No matter what is said at this trial, we all know the truth. They can never take that away. 🙏🤝💥
ROSE MCGOWAN AND #METOO
In 1997, McGowan alleges, she was sexually assaulted by the now-convicted Miramax mega-producer, at the Sundance Film Festival. McGowan was one of the celebrities to step forward and end Weinstein's reign of terror. The former executive is now serving out a 23-year-sentence after being convicted in New York, and still faces a rape trial in Los Angeles.
McGowan was then engaged to director Robert Rodriguez, but the romance ended in 2009. The actress married artist Davey Detail in 2013, but 18 months later, the couple was already living apart, and in 2016, the divorce became final, and the two agreed to the destruction of frozen embryos they had in storage.
MARILYN MANSON MOVED ON
In 2001, the year McGowan ended the engagement, Manson started dating beautiful designer and burlesque star, Dita Von Teese. The couple married in November 2005, but by December 29, 2006, the burlesque star had filed for divorce.
Von Teese would reveal that an undisclosed incident had been severe enough for her to walk out on Christmas Eve, leaving everything but her cats behind. She said:
"You have to make a choice as to whether you're going to respect yourself and say, 'I'm not going to accept this. This is not okay.'"
Although speculation linked the end of the marriage to Manson's subsequent relationship to actress Evan Rachel Wood, Von Teese neither confirmed nor denied it. Manson and Wood were in an on-and-off relationship for years before becoming engaged in 2010.
Once again, the romance fell apart, and the actress called off the engagement within months. Wood, who had referred to Manson as "the man of my dreams," said:
"I appreciate everything he taught me. I just don’t think we were right for each other."
ROSE MCGOWAN AND MARILYN MANSON TODAY
Despite their split and their differences -- in lifestyle and otherwise -- neither of the celebrities have ever bad-mouthed each other.
Manson spoke out against the wave of minor complaints of sexual misconduct, which he feels takes the focus off the major crimes which were perpetrated. Nevertheless, he is fully supportive of McGowan, and the work that she has done to bring about sexual harassment in the studio system.
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