DNA: We last spoke about ten years ago. 

Marilyn: Wow. I don’t remember it. Maybe it was one of the other Marilyns you spoke to [laughing]!

You seemed to be in quite a dark place at that time, but have turned your life around. 

I really have [laughs].

What has brought about all these changes for the better? 

It started with me suffering and I think I’ve suffered quite long enough really. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. About six years ago I started to get serious about this. I got pneumonia and was in hospital and it was a culmination of everything. I had had enough and was fucking sick of being ill. It was all bullshit. I thought, if this is living I would rather die and I can’t die so I had to put away the drugs.

You said recently you spent 20 years doing crack and watching the Alien movies in your bedroom. Is that true? 

It’s not an exaggeration in the slightest. I basically sat in a room for 20 years in solitary isolation.

Read the full feature: Marilyn from DNA 203