Evan Rachel Wood is defending her relationship – and her recent breakup—with Marilyn Manson, People magazine is reporting.

While several internet rumors said that Wood, 21, and the goth singer had called it quits because of a fight over her brother Ira, the “Across the Universe” star says they are completely false.

“Manson and I both decided to take some time apart so we could concentrate on work. Someone used that opportunity to kick us while we were down and sell a completely false story," Wood told People.

According to the rumors, Wood’s brother had been living with Wood and Manson, 39. He was reportedly kicked out of the guest house, resulting in a bitter fight between the couple.

“Manson owns the house he lives in,” Wood said. “My brother has never stayed there and the person that said such horrible things about Manson being ‘controlling’ and ‘emotionally abusive’ is certainly no source ‘close’ to me …. I love him as a person and as an artist.”

The couple had been dating since December, People said. Their relationship was widely believed to have played a part in Manson’s split from burlesque star Dita Von Teese.

Click here to read the full report from People magazine.