Dita Von Teese has slammed accusations she married shock rocker Marilyn Manson to help further her career.

The burlesque artist, who wed Manson at Castle Gurteen, Ireland, last weekend (03DEC05), insists that her hellraiser hubby would hardly be the ideal choice if her intentions were based on anything but love.

She tells New York Daily News, "I get accused a lot of using him for my benefit. But the truth is I got a lot of hate mail when I first started to date him.

"I actually had people who didn't want to be members of my website anymore because they felt he tarnished my pristine image or something. So it works both ways.

"There are things that I gained and things that I lost because of our relationship. But what it all comes down to is that I'm in love with Marilyn Manson, so there's no other choice in the matter.

"Plus, if I were looking to date someone to further my career... I don't think I would have picked the anti-Christ!"