An all-new interview by Rolling Stone sees “Westworld” star Evan Rachel Wood open up about some shocking personal “demons.”
The actress sits down with the magazine where she sheds light on her bisexuality, her controversial relationship with Marilyn Manson and later, compelled by Donald Trump’s shocking U.S. presidential win, the single mother reveals she’s been raped twice by two separate men.
Wood, who began dating the rocker in 2006 after his divorce from Dita Von Teese, made constant headlines when she began dating the former Smashing Pumpkins frontman when she was only 19 years of age — 17 years Manson’s junior.
The eyebrow-raising relationship, she says, was all about “figuring [life] out.”
“I met somebody that promised freedom and expression and no judgments. And I was craving danger and excitement,” she said. “I looked at my mother one day and said, ‘Mom, I’m gonna get on this tour bus for eight months and see the world and have a crazy journey and find myself, and if people aren’t OK with that, I’m sorry, but I can’t live my life for other people.’ ”
She continued, “people would call me a whore when I walked down the street, and you can’t not be hurt by that.”
In a separate email sent to Rolling Stone after Trump’s election win, the 29-year-old reveals that she’s been sexually assaulted — once by an unidentified significant other, and another time by a bar owner. “I’ve been raped,” her email read. “I don’t believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism.”
Wood goes on to attribute the vulnerabilities associated with her “physical, psychological, [and] sexual” abuse to her bisexuality, noting that it was something they could “exploit.”
Wood, who says she became aware of her attraction to women around the age of four, came out publicly in 2011.
“It was always talked about like a phase or something stupid, or something you were doing for attention… you know, bisexuality is worthy of eye rolls,” she added. “And I didn’t realize how damaging that was until I tried to have healthy relationships as an adult and realized that there was still all this shame and conditioning and stigma around my sexuality that was really affecting the way I related to people.”