Gene Simmons has issued an apology after causing controversy with comments about depression and suicide.
The Kiss frontman had previously said in an interview that kids who “say ‘I live in Seattle. I’m depressed'” should kill themselves. He has since come under fire from the likes of Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, who labelled Simmons’ words as “moronic”.
Now Simmons has issued an apology on his Rolling Stone. “To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression,” he wrote.
The statement contuse: “I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.”
The star’s latest controversy comes just days after Atlanta band Black Lips used a live Q&A to call or the “complete surrender of the Kiss army” over charges of misogyny.
Addressing the camera, the band’s Jack Hines said: “Mr Simmons, we’re here to tell you that the day of misogynistic, sexist rock’n’roll is over. We call for the complete and utter surrender of the Kiss army. Lay down your guitars. Do you accept our terms of surrender?”
In answer, Simmons replied, “Yes. I surrender entirely and I wanted to compliment your mum for the wonderful way she designed the decoration of the basement that she lets you live in. I think it’s very attractive. I hope you get to leave your mum’s basement soon.”