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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