Cradle Of Filth's Zoe Marie Federoff & Marek "Ashok" Šmerda

Cradle Of Filth Guitarist & Keyboardist Announce Their Engagement


Love is in the air amidst the lineup of gothic metallers Cradle Of Filth. The band’s 48-year-old guitarist Marek “Ashok” Šmerda has gotten engaged to his keyboardist/vocalist bandmate, Zoe Marie Federoff. Šmerda joined the band back in 2014, while Federoff was welcomed to the fold in 2022.

Federoff recently announced the engagement on social media, with the below psot:

She has shared offered some clarity to how their relationship came about, offering:

“First of all, thank you all so much for your warm wishes and congratulations.

Secondly, I truly wish I didn’t feel the need to completely clear this up but there’s a lot of strange rumors and stories floating around so, take note:

I never knew Ashok before I joined CoF. He had nothing to do with me coming on board.

I have already written some material for the next CoF album so clearly our engagement has nothing to do with my continued stay in this band.

We have no plans to leave CoF as we truly enjoy working together, not to mention working with several of our closest friends. Dani has been the greatest and most supportive leader possible when it comes to our engagement.

We remain happily committed to his team in CoF.

Now please- stop speculating and spreading rumors and let’s celebrate all the good things happening this year!”

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