By Shannon Carlin
In a recent interview, Gene Simmons had some choice words for drug addicts and people dealing with depression. Namely that he doesn’t get along with anybody who’s a “drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim” and “for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed, I live in Seattle.’ F–k you, then kill yourself.”
On Sixx’s radio show, Sixx Sense (via Billboard), the rocker says, “Gene is basically saying he has no sympathy for drug addicts or people who are depressed. I’m a recovering drug addict. If I had done what Gene Simmons said, and that is to jump, so many wonderful things would have not happened in my life. We’ve just lost Robin Williams. He dealt with drug addiction and mainly depression.”
Sixx, who chronicled his own troubles with addiction in his 2007 memoir Heroin Diaries and then again in 2011’s The Dirt, told his listeners, “When I was young, I was depressed, drugs helped me suppress that. I came from a messed up situation not unlike a lot of people. There’s almost 15 million American that are depressed. Gene Simmons says I should have just killed myself…15 million people should just kill themselves?”
Sixx goes on to call Simmons’ comments “pretty moronic” and says, “To be honest with you, I like Gene, but in this situation, I don’t like Gene. I don’t like Gene’s words, because … there is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a Kiss fan and reads this and goes, ‘You know what? He’s right. I should just kill myself.’”
Sixx lets listeners know that to move past his own demons he sought therapy, and even took Prozac for awhile and makes it clear there are many ways to deal with your depression. Ways that don’t include suicide.
“I don’t want people to listen to an interview from a rock star, who’s telling you the only way out is out,” Sixx said. “All bad things will pass. Keep that in the back of your mind if you are feeling depression and don’t listen to [someone] who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”