by Lia Haberman
Apr 9, 2004, 10:45 AM PT
Marilyn Manson may just have blown his street cred.
The raunchy rocker allegedly popped the question to his gal-pal, burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, on Mar. 22, according to Us Weekly.
Manson (real name Brian Warner) even took the traditional route, reports the tab, getting down on bended knee to present her with a seven-carat round-cut diamond ring.
A call to his publicist was not returned, but Us expects the pair to tie the knot within a year. Prior reports suggest the two may already have gotten secretly hitched.
Out with the old, in with the new.
Just over a week after he purportedly got engaged, Manson parted with longtime bandmate John 5 for unknown reasons.
On Mar. 30, the guitarist was given his walking papers after five years with Manson's band.
John 5, who is credited with cowriting 13 of the 15 songs on 2003's The Golden Age of Grotesque, told MTV that playing with Manson "was like being in Full Metal Jacket." Adding, "You never know when he's gonna freak out and throw sh-t at you. I loved every minute of it."
Indeed, the macabre musician, a baptized Satanist, is best known for his jaw-dropping antics--not declarations of true love.
Manson, who was once engaged to Rose McGowan, was the source of a Swiss inquiry last year following complaints from a religious group offended by a February 2001 concert in Zurich.
However, authorities didn't press charges and agreed with Manson's claim that his show was "provocative art" geared toward stimulating debate about the nature of religion and violence.
The law was also on Manson's side when a Minnesota jury ruled in the "Dope Show" singer's favor in September after a security guard, who'd been rubbed the wrong way by Manson's genitalia at an October 2000 concert, sued the rocker for more than $75,000.
Manson wasn't as lucky this year when he plead no contest to assault and battery charges of once again rubbing his thong-clad genitalia against another unwitting security guard's face, this time during a July 2001 performance. He reached a civil-suit settlement with the man, who had sued for sexual assault and emotional distress. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Edited by satans_daughter, 29 June 2004 - 11:19 AM.