Rose McGowan Reveals Cocaine Abuse That Led to End of Engagement to Marilyn Manson

By John Lavitt 07/06/15

McGowan remained cryptic about the details the led to the relationship's demise.

Rose McGowan

In 2001, actress Rose McGowan mysteriously called off her two-year engagement to Marilyn Manson after a turbulent love affair. At the time, both celebrities cited “lifestyle reasons” for the split, but now light has been shed on this vague explanation that cocaine was at the center of their split.

After keeping silent about the reasons for the breakup for over a decade, the actress is only now talking about what caused the breakup. McGowan recently revealed the dark tale of cocaine abuse in an interview with journalist Andy Cohen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.

In a strange approach to explaining the split, the 41-year-old actress explained in a roundabout fashion as recounted by Yahoo News. "Think about it Andy ... What was Scarface about?" she said.

"Coke," Cohen said. "He did too much blow and you were not down for it?"

"It was me, it was me," McGowan responded. "Actually, I don't know. I plead the Fourth [sic]... I'm honest, always, I can't help it."

Although McGowan claims to now have an amicable relationship with the alt rocker, there is a major chance that this latest revelation is going to make the friendship seas a bit stormier.

In a self-congratulatory fashion, McGowan added, "There is great love, but our lifestyle difference is, unfortunately, even greater... (Asked if she enjoyed the rock star lifestyle) Fun! People are like, 'uhhh.' And I'm like, 'Shut up, it's a rock star, you idiots!'"

On his side of the coin, Manson has expressed relief their engagement ended. When discussing his friendship with Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan, Manson explained to US magazine how Corgan “wrote a strongly worded letter about how Rose McGowan would ruin my life and ruin my career if I stayed with her, which was good advice, and he wrote it as a letter, which is very polite.”

Manson and McGowan were engaged for two years until they split in 2001. McGowan ended up settling down and marrying artist Davey Detail in October 2013.

In contrast, Manson continued his rock star lifestyle, conducting highly publicized romances with Dita Von Teese and Evan Rachel Wood. Whether or not the cocaine accusation is true, surely McGowan has thrown fuel on a fire that was barely simmering after more than a decade of separation.

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.