Gene Simmons Apologizes for Telling Addicts and The Depressed to Kill Themselves

By: Pam Wright - August 19, 2014

Gene Simmons, bassist for the iconic rock group KISS, has issued two apologies for appalling comments made during a recent interview about drug addiction and depression.

Simmons’ comments came in an interview with Songfacts when he was asked if he still gets along with original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. His answer is truly dumbfounding.

“No, 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,” he said.

“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 f*** 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.’ F*** you, then kill yourself.”

“I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I’m the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, ‘That’s it, I can’t take it anymore, I’m going to jump.’ Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f*** up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.”

After his comments made the rounds, the Australian radio group Triple M announced they would ban KISS music on their five radio stations across Australia.

Simmons responded — just days following the death of Robin Williams to suicide — with a statement on his personal Facebook page:

“Depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones,” Simmons wrote.

“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,” he continued.

“This is not about me. This is about clearing up misconceptions and being clear. My heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression.”

Simmons also posted a similar statement on the official KISS Facebook page:

“I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks,” wrote Simmons.

“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.”

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  • Whatevah8

    Translation – whoops I really stuck my foot in it this time. Go away Gene, just go away. You’re a moron…

  • Rayzor

    This is why I do not give a crap about anything a celebrity says. If you really feel that way Gene, then stick by what you say. It’s not that I agree with him, it’s just that I appreciate someone that stands up for what they really believe in. For example; don’t tell me you anti-abortion or gay rights one day, then change your mind when you think it might cost you money or popularity.

    • Tracy

      Yes, that’s what obama did on gay marriage. Nobody seems to remember that it was just a few years ago that obama promoted traditional marriage. Guess he thought changing his stance would get him more votes.

      • Janet

        This is a conversation about Gene Simmons’ comments about addiction, depression, and suicide. Don’t be bringing the President into this.

      • Betty Poo

        Only a desperate lying bish would bring President Obama into a thread about Gene Simmons. @Tracy, you should obviously jump, cuz nobody cares about your whiny arse!

  • george smithson

    Finally an apology that was due. And to all, DON’T give any credence to what dumbass ‘celebrities’ say anyway…

  • Goodguy

    Here’s a guy who let his plastic surgeon make him look as bad as Joan Rivers….he should be depressed.

  • CMR

    To little to late

  • Wanda Smith

    you telling people with addiction and depression to kill their self bad move gene simmons.when i told someone i knew that had this issues about jesus and that they are a strong good person and believe in them that they can get off drugs guess what my friend success!!without rehab!!so next time you try do that gene or say nothing.

  • Joanna Williams

    this is the second apology, He’s worried sales of KISS memorabilia will go down.

  • TheDame

    Let me get this straight. You made that remark while your Fourth and Loud promo’s were running, did you? Low viewers? DOH!!!

  • Linda

    It must be SO LOVELY in this puke’s house when he’s sleeping and his big, fat, obnoxious mouth ISN’T flapping!!

  • Keith Bray

    Love the black dye Donald Trump hairdo.

  • Keith Bray

    I recall being 9 years of age and collecting Kiss cards. I had no idea how much their music was devoid of any substance. I have to admit that the front are great business men–no alcohol or drugs (impressive). Their music sucks, its fails to reach mediocrity and who cares about Simmons’s psychology. Perhaps Skechers should seek and endorsement from Gene relate to their running shoes–that makes sense.

  • gfloyd

    Sorry your apology is not accepted. You can think what ya like, say what ya like, act as ya like, but then you have accept the consequences whatever that might be.

  • Tracy

    Gene needs to remember that people are different and process things differently. Just because he hasn’t experienced a feeling does not mean that it does not exist.

  • Mozartnow

    Total fake rocker , hard core Republican , worst of all he dresses other people up to become KISS , they have had many shows they never even attended .

    His goal was to create a franchise not a rock group , he is a scammer and an idiot , ask Vinnie Vincent (born Vincent John Cusano; August 6, 1952) is an American guitarist and songwriter. he wanted to play real music so they kicked him out of the band and told him they would sue him if he ever disclosed their plan .

  • Penny’sarcade

    He’s lost me forever as I’ve been a fan of his for years. My best friend hung herself (nobody had a clue she was depressed, left no note) and it was NOT taken lightly.

  • Pamela Scott

    I suffer from severe clinical
    depression and anxiety. I am undergoing treatment for this but it sure does HURT when someone who doesn’t know any better tells you “to kill yourself”! PLEASE, all of you “celebrities” that think they can say whatever they want and apologize later, just keep your opinions to yourself. Robin Williams was a WONDERFUL, HUMAN BEING. He could make me laugh and was so sincere in the love for his family and his fans. I pray none of the Simmons family ever suffers from depression. I already know what Gene will tell you to do!! SICKENING!!

  • Teresa Perry

    He screwed up, he apologized. Let it go. Forgiveness is a much lighter weight to carry than a grudge.

  • Sue

    He is apologizes ONLY because what he said can’t be forgotten and this will affect his wallet. He cares about nobody but himself and money. He truly showed what an insensitive idiot he is. This isn’t repairable.

  • Bruce Wayne

    Gene was correct the first time…

    The world would be better when some people are not around.

  • Jackie730

    He is just as ugly inside as outside.

  • Rache

    Gene Simmons is reported to be a “NARCISSIST”. His opinions and apologies mean absolutely NOTHING. He needs to understand his own pathology.That of someone who has 0 empathy for anyone.He only goes through the motions. Why even report the words of this mirror that only see';s himself?

  • JXS

    Another celeb projectile vomiting stupidity….wow, how novel is that? NOT…grow a brain and ignore them please. We all know it’s about the dollar not heartfelt regret. Yawn.

  • Rache

    Stop buying “KISS” products and supporting this man any longer. The WORLD needs to boycott KISS.

  • Rache

    Suicide is NEVER the answer.Things DO get better.There IS hope! When you are
    in your darkest valley Jesus Christ is right there with you,even,when you think you are all alone you are not! Just call out to him. I do not have earthly friends ,but,i can tell you when you have Jesus Christ he is all you ever need! He is only a prayer away. Of course Satan wants you to hurt yourself.He came to steal,kill,and,destroy.Do not listen to the little demon on your left shoulder telling you to hurt yourself! Listen to the voice -the still little voice telling you to fight-you can and will do better day by day.There IS hope. Put your faith and trust in Jesus.Get out there and find a clinic if you are depressed or on drugs and get the additional treatment for both issues and never give up.IF Jesus Christ had given up we’d all have been lost! Thank GOD he loved us all enough to die upon the cross for all our sins so that we may be saved. COME to him as you are. He will never cast you out. He died for you and he loves you.He came to save the sinners,to set the captives free and destroy the works of Satan! Do not put your trust or faith in man,but,in Jesus Christ. Get yourself a bible and study it.Pray for wisdom and understanding. You have done nothing to big or too bad that cannot be forgiven .And do not listen to anyone who tells you that you are not good enough. Jesus Christ thought you were worth saving enough so that he died on the cross for you,me,and,the whole world. We are his hands and feet on this earth. HE is our savior. My prayer is that everyone who reads this ,GOD ,in Jesus Christ name, will touch their broken hearts and bind them up and heal and restore them and give them comfort and perfect peace in their hearts that only Christ can give. AMEN. The Lord bless you and keep you safe .

  • Jayne

    moron… if his show was still on tv I’d turn it off. retire you idiot

  • Danielle Hall

    He’s always been a jackass !!!

  • Juanita Kunen Gruss

    I guess he forgets all the drugs and drinking he did back in the day and all the woman he slept with if he had aids would he want sympathy or tell him to just dye? what if it was one of his own children MONEY DOES NOT BUY HAPPINESS!!!!

  • Betty Poo

    Don’t apologize, Gene. Once again, internet lynch mob mania has taken control over the minds of the stupid and irrelevant! You only said what most sensible ppl think. Drug addicts are scum. Whiny 20 yr olds who need a crowd to save them from their announced “suicide” attempts should jump! In fact, someone should push them. Your comments in no way inferred that REAL depression was invalid. Speak you mind, Gene. Just remember, the weak bellied hypocrites of today cannot stomach real sarcasm.

  • Pissed @ Assholes like Simmons

    Too late, Asshole. Go fuck-off and DIE….the SOONER THE BETTER you fuck-face!!!