Gene Simmons Issues Statement of Apology For Depression Comments

By: Meaghan Ellis - August 27, 2014

Gene Simmons has been in hot water all week because of his insensitive comments about depression. His comments were so harsh, KISS music has actually been banned by an Australian radio group.

For those who missed it, last week the KISS rock-star recently shared his opinion of depression and drug abuse during an interview, reports Anti-Music.

When the 65-year-old singer-songwriter was asked whether or not he still had a relationship with the original members of the legendary hard-rock band, he had no reservations about sharing his honest opinion. His response is what led to the discussion about depression. Needless to say, his comments weren’t taken lightly. So, he opted to offer some clarity about his remarks.

On Friday, August 15 the Family Jewels reality TV star took to the KISS’ official Facebook page with a statement of apology.

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

“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.”

He went on to explain how his comments were taken out of context by the media.

“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,” Simmons wrote.

“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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  • OrangeCountyCA2

    I’d like to organize a bonfire where we can burn all Kiss albums and CDs. Who wants to join me?

    • kkgator

      I don’t believe in burning anything that was created by anyone. Doesn’t matter if it’s albums, cds, dvds, paintings, photos, or books. Burning any kind of art is wrong.

      There are much better ways to let someone know you don’t appreciate their point of view. It doesn’t have to resort to destruction.
      Use your head.

      • OrangeCountyCA2

        Speak for yourself. You’re not using your head forgiving Gene and accepting his apology. I don’t forgive nor accept. He spoke his mind. He has a right to speak his mind and I have a right to respond to his insensitive comments in kind. He doesn’t have a right to be free from the consequences of his opinions.

  • steve

    Doesn’t want to miss out in any sales that come his way with simmons its all about the money thats what he’s sorry for. Couple of radio stations here have also banned his music

  • Raye

    This guy needs to just go away.Nobody wants to hear bs coming from his mouth

  • Joanna Williams

    how many apologies is he gonna make? I think this is like the 5th one publicly

  • Nunya

    The music is great. If you like him personally or not doesn’t take from the talent of the band.Why take it out on the band because on person says something offensive? Miley Cyrus is offensive just by showing herself,but no one is banning her or her lousy music.

  • Theresa Henderson

    i like the show because of shannon, but i think gene is such a narcissist. i understand he does not nor has he ever used drugs but to vilify those that take drugs to control mental/medical issues is disgusting

  • kkgator

    Apology accepted, Gene. Be against drug and alcohol abuse all day long, but make sure you think about what you’re saying BEFORE you criticize anyone, for anything.

    • OrangeCountyCA2

      I’ll bet you’re willing to forgive a mass murderer if he apologized.

  • OrangeCountyCA2

    I didn’t appreciate Gene playing the Holocaust card with the intent to trivialize people who suffer from depression. To make comments that there are “worse things than depression” shows just what an idiot Gene is.