Gene Simmons Apologizes for Comments on Depression 'Made Without Regard for Those Who Truly Suffer'

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CHAIM WITZ (a.k.a. Gene Simmons)

After making some insensitive comments about depression as well as drug and alcohol addiction in a recent interview, KISS bassist Gene Simmons is eating his words. 

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The question of whether he gets along with his original bandmates sparked an ongoing rant that turned damning. He told SongFacts, "I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: 'The world is a harsh place.' My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear fuck all about 'the world as a harsh place.' She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.' Fuck you, then kill yourself."

And continued on to an alarming extent, suggesting people on buildings threatening to jump should just "have some dignity and jump." So, it's probably of little surprise the public and media alike, including Mötley Crüe bass player Nikki Sixx, jumped on Simmons for his remarks. As such, he issued an apology for them Friday via Facebook.

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He wrote:

"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. 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.

"I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intention of speaking in very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise."


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