Dita Von Teese on remaining friends with Marilyn Manson: 'He encouraged all of my eccentricities'

'I can speak fondly about him now,' says Von Teese

Heather Saul
Thursday 24 March 2016 19:06
Comments

There is no better fodder for gossip sites then break-ups, separations and disputes. Dita Von Teese’s divorce from Marilyn Manson in 2007 was no exception.

What they may find much less satisfying is stories of divorced partners who have emerged the other side and can speak affectionately of their time together.

Manson and Von Teese met in 2001, became acquainted with each other backstage at one of his gigs over a bottle of absinthe, collaborated on various projects together and married in a lavish ceremony captured by Vogue a year before their split. Von Teese, a burlesque performer and designer, appeared in a number of the singer's videos and on his tracks. Manson's music and relationships were rarely out of the tabloids and as a couple, they were inevitably heavily scrutinised.

Appearing on Khloe Kardashian’s chat show, Kocktails With Khloe, Von Teese spoke positively of their relationship, praising Manson for supporting her career and encouraging her “eccentricities” during their seven years as partners.

“He was super encouraging," she said. "There was a lot of cross-over in our careers and he would have that creativeness… he encouraged all of my eccentricities. He did a whole album that was burlesque themed and we made music videos together. I can speak fondly about him now. If you had asked me four years ago I would have shut it down. We’re friends now and it’s fine.”

Von Teese, whose real name is Heather Sweet, said the coverage and the weight of the ceremony made her go through with it, despite her doubts.

“I feel like getting married was sort of like the kiss of death for us because it was sort of like the nail in the coffin. I felt obliged to go through with the ceremony in a way because so much was riding on it, like Vogue was photographing it, and it was in this castle,” she explained. “I just thought, 'Oh well.'”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in