Goth rocker Marilyn Manson is now coming out with his side of the story concerning his failed marriage to Dita Von Teese. "I was completely destroyed. I had no soul left," Manson told Spin magazine. "I define myself as a person, a human, an artist, as someone who makes things – writing, painting, music – and I couldn't do anything."
He and Dita were together for six years before marrying in November 2005. She filed for divorce in December 2006. "It's the old cliche," says Manson. "Marriage changes everything."
He says that once they tied the knot his wife's busy schedule kept her away from him, which drove him mad. "But then I realized that what's wrong about me is right. To play devil's advocate – but that doesn't really work, since I'm the devil – people would say that drugs and alcohol wrecked my marriage," he says.
"But buyer beware ... She said she had tolerated the lifestyle because she hoped I would change and threatened to leave if I didn't. I was sleeping on the couch in my own home. I was no longer supposed to be a rock star. I was someone who had to be apologized for. I wasn't prepared to be alone. I came out of this naked, a featherless bird."
Dita agrees with Manson, that the legal bond changed them. "Everything went downhill after we got married," she told the Sunday Telegraph last month. "I started working a lot to escape my home life."