KISS bassist Gene Simmons has issued two apologies for his comments in a recent interview about drug addiction and depression, following a backlash that included being chastisted by Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and a KISS ban by a radio group in Australia. Simmons issued a statement on his personal Facebook page addressing his controversial comments. He wrote, "Depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones.
"I have not commented on various allegations made in the media, but I want to make this statement for the record and to clarify. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.
"I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intentions in speaking very directly and perhaps politically-incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics have been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression.
"Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. And I do not intend to defend myself here and now by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with.
Simmons also reportedly shut down his Twitter account following the backlash from the media reports about his comments.
Wasn't that gratifying?
AND...isn't the first time Gene has failed.