Why Evan Rachel Wood Regrets Dating an Older Man

Actress Evan Rachel Wood left every­one speech­less when, at 19 years old, she revealed that she was dat­ing gothic rocker Mar­i­lyn Man­son. But it wasn’t just Manson’s gar­ishly painted face, angry music, and dark per­son­al­ity that made this unusual celebrity cou­ple so surprising—with a 17-year age dif­fer­ence between them, Man­son was almost twice her age.

The celebrity cou­ple first met at a party in West Hol­ly­wood and took their May-December rela­tion­ship pub­lic in Jan­u­ary 2007. Although they revealed a year later that they were tak­ing time apart to focus on their respec­tive careers, Man­son and Wood reunited and by Jan­u­ary 2010, they were engaged. Unfor­tu­nately, they called off their engage­ment seven months later.

Although Wood has since moved on, she recently opened up about her con­tro­ver­sial May-December rela­tion­ship with Man­son and the flak she got for dat­ing the older man. “Peo­ple were pretty mean. At the time, I hadn’t yet been exposed to that kind of cru­elty from strangers,” she said in a recent inter­view. “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’s “mis­take” means she can sym­pa­thize with other young stars, like Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, whose every action is being scru­ti­nized in the media. “When you’re a teenager in an adult career, peo­ple expect you to be per­fect and expect you to never make mis­takes or to be a reck­less teenager,” said the actress. “And then when you are, they give you such a really hard time for it.”

Now at 26, Wood has cer­tainly learned and risen above her reck­less teenage years. She’s now mar­ried to 27-year-old actor Jamie Bell and the celebrity cou­ple has a four-month-old son.

What do you think: Do you agree that it’s OK to make mis­takes when you’re young and chalk them up to just “act­ing like a teenager?”


Eggen­berger, N., “Evan Rachel Wood: Peo­ple Were ‘Pretty Mean’ About My Mar­i­lyn Man­son Romance,” Us Weekly web site, Novem­ber 19, 2013; http://goo.gl/luEdx0.

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