Manson told Esquire that he and Billy Corgan did squabble over his relationship with McGowan, but to call it a whole thing would really be inaccurate. “A lot of people think there was some kind of falling out,” he said, referring to Corgan. “It was mostly that he wrote a strongly worded letter about how Rose McGowan would ruin my life and ruin my career if I stayed with her.” In hindsight, Manson saw that that Corgan’s advice was good and, ever conscious of social etiquette norms, said that “he wrote it as a letter, which is very polite.” He saw that Corgan was just looking out for him.
For her part, McGowan bit back in her 2013 memoir Brave. According to Alternative Nation, she refers to the Smashing Pumpkins frontman as Manson’s “whiny friend Billy” and revealed some of the strong words he used in that letter: “Going out with and actress makes you look like a p****.” (That weird moment of machismo is just one of many reasons you wouldn’t want to meet Billy Corgan.) But, as McGowen tells it, Manson seemed to enjoy the life of a guy who dates an actress. The two were “madly in love,” with Manson “totally domestic” at home with her, painting watercolors of her dogs while she shopped online. Somehow, thinking of Marilyn Manson emulating Bob Ross at home only endears him to us more.