She has a Web site selling her stockings, calendars, and photographs. Cosmetics' campaign against AIDS (she rides a giant lipstick like a mechanical bull), and she's planning a big, Busby Berkeley–style burlesque revue.
I don't know, but I don't think that's part of our story." The name that crops up most in the press, however, is that of Evan Rachel Wood, the 19-year-old actress and star of Thirteen, whom Manson, 38, has cast in his upcoming movie, Phantasmagoria.
"No comment" is all Von Teese will say, but I can't help noticing that her hands — beautifully manicured, of course, and painted the same red as her lips — are shaking.
This is not okay.' I'm not the first woman, or the last, to go through what I'm going through.
I just keep reminding myself of that."Dita Von Teese, 34, was born Heather Sweet and grew up in small-town Michigan and later Orange County, California.
I'm not much of a drinker — or a drug user — on a regular basis." But she also says that Manson's recreational habits weren't the main problem.
"I know who I married," she says, shrugging, "so it wasn't some surprise."As well as drink and drugs, other reports about the breakup have mentioned Lindsay Lohan, but she dismisses that as "sensationalism.
"But anyone who knows me knows that I was never going to be that way."We meet only weeks after Von Teese moved out of the marital home, and she's clearly still hurting, the feelings still raw.
"I'm just throwing myself into my work," she says with a nervous laugh.
"I think we always had a lot in common that way, that we both created characters for ourselves and we're both from Middle America."They originally met at a vintage-clothing show, but their relationship began when Von Teese was invited to one of his concerts in January 2001.