Brian Hugh Warner (known professionally as Marilyn Manson) is an American singer known for being the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson. Marilyn and the founding members of the band formed their stage names by combining two names of opposing American cultural icons; in Marylin’s case, serial killer Charles Manson and actress Marilyn Monroe.

Manson gained fame in the 90s for creating albums such as Portrait of an American Family, Mechanical Animals, and Antichrist Superstar. Marilyn’s music earned him a reputation for being a controversial figure and a negative influence on the youth. He was recently dropped by his label Loma Vista following allegations of abuse.

This piece will look at Marilyn Manson’s sexuality and dating life.

Manson was bullied as a child because his peers thought that he was gay

Marilyn Manson has often talked about his difficult life growing up. He hated the Christian school he was sent to; as a teenager, he lashed out at his mother; he had an absent father; and, his grandfather was allegedly into bestiality.

However, it isn’t widely known that some of his peers thought that he was gay, and that they hated him for it. He told The Guardian that the peers went as far as beating him up because they perceived him as gay.

Marilyn secretly married Lindsay Usich during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lindsay Usich and Marilyn Manson
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Marilyn and Lindsay Usich were first linked in March 2012, when Revolver magazine referred to the American photographer as Manson’s girlfriend. Manson confirmed the pair’s early 2015 breakup when he told Beat magazine that he was ‘newly single’.

It is unclear when Marilyn and Lindsay reconnected, but in an October 2020 piece on Interview Magazine with Nicholas Cage, Manson revealed that he got married during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Is it okay to talk about your wedding?” Cage asked. “I thought your wedding was beautiful because that’s what you were doing while you were in lockdown.”

Nicolas Cage attended the wedding via FaceTime. Marilyn and Cage performed a rendition of Elvis’s Love me Tender. “I got to see a little of it on FaceTime, and I thought it was very beautiful, the way you sang ‘Love Me Tender.’” Marilyn thought that Cage’s version of the song was better than his: “We both sang it in the end, and your version was even more beautiful.”

The pair didn’t provide more details about the wedding, including the identity of the bride. Lindsay confirmed that she was Marilyn’s wife when she changed her social media name to Lindsay Elizabeth Warner.

In 2012, Marilyn revealed that he wouldn’t mind bringing a baby into the world. “My girlfriend Lindsay’s twin just had a baby and I’ve started to think that maybe I wouldn’t mind passing my demented genius on to some small who can set fire and breathe profanity,” he told The Observer.

Marilyn’s ex-wife Dita Von Teese filed for divorce a year into their marriage due to infidelity and Marilyn’s lifestyle

Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Manson
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Marilyn and Dita Von Teese started dating in 2001 and wed in a private ceremony held in Ireland in December 2005. Dita told The Telegraph that she had high hopes for her marriage. “I loved him very much, and when I married him I completely believed it would be forever,” she said. “But that’s not what happened.”

Dita and Marilyn’s relationship changed shortly after they got married. She tried to convince Manson to ditch his party lifestyle but quickly concluded that he didn’t want to change. Instead of listening to his wife’s advice, Marilyn found someone who supported his lifestyle. “But the truth us I wasn’t supportive of his lifestyle and someone else came along who was,” she said.

Von Teese issued an ultimatum, but as she says, it fell on deaf ears, “It didn’t work. Instead, it made me the enemy.” Dita moved out of the couple’s home a year into the couple’s marriage and filed for divorce shortly afterward. She told The Telegraph that she didn’t want anything from Marilyn that would remind her of his infidelity:

“I left with nothing. I knew that there was an inappropriate relationship going on in it, and I didn’t want any part of it around to remind me. I didn’t want that sofa. I didn’t want that bed. I didn’t want the knife you read about in the article.”

Manson’s ex-fiancé Evan Rachel Wood recently accused Manson of abuse

Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson
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Evan Rachel Wood recently accused Marilyn Manson of physical and emotional abuse. The news didn’t come as a surprise to many as, in 2009, Manson admitted to calling Wood 158 times after their breakup. Wood and Manson started dating in 2007, before breaking up and getting back together in time for Manson’s January 2010 marriage proposal during a Paris stage performance.

In August 2010, the couple broke off their engagement. After the couple’s final breakup, Wood started to talk more about suffering abuse from an ex-partner. She rarely, if ever, mentioned Manson’s name, but there was always a glaring suspicion that he was her abuser. In 2019, Marilyn gave harrowing details of abuse she suffered at the hands of an unidentified man.

“He cut me off from my close friends and family one by one, by exhibiting rage in some form or another when I was in contact with them,” she said. Wood talked of being starved and sleep deprived, and receiving death threats, and beatings. In early 2020, Rachel Wood finally revealed her abuser to be Marilyn. She wrote on Instagram:

“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins anymore lives.”

Marilyn Manson’s response via Instagram was a denial of sorts of every allegation leveled towards him by Wood and others. He called the recent claims ‘horrible distortions of reality.’ “My intimate relationships have always been consensual with like-minded partners,” he added. “Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”