After his controversial quotes about the death of Prince hit the newsstands, Gene Simmons has apologised. The Kiss superstar said that his “big mouth” led him to not “express [himself] properly,”. Although he cleared up that it wasn’t his intention to slam the late “Purple Rain” singer, he did realise that he made a mistake.
On Twitter, Gene Simmons posted a picture of his official statement. “I just got such s*** from my family for my big mouth again,” it began. “I apologise — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene. In my experience, they’ve made my life, and the lives of their loved ones, difficult.”
And while Simmons did acknowledge that his words wore inappropriate, he added a post-script where he blamed the media for making him out to be the villain, Rolling Stone reports.
Gene Simmons is not known for biting his tongue. So when he weighed in on the recent deaths of musicians Prince and David Bowie in a new interview with Newsweek, he said something that he now regrets. According to the 66-year-old rock star, Bowie’s death was “tragic” and Prince’s death was “pathetic.”
“His drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?” he said. “I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left [Michael] Jackson in the dust.”
He went on to say that, “Prince was way beyond that. But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you… but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”
Several hours before Gene Simmons issued his apology, Paul Stanley, Kiss’s co-lead singer, apologised Tuesday for Simmons’s comments, calling them “embarrassing,” “cold,” and “clueless.”