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Gene Simmons Backs Away from Depression Comments After Public Pressure

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Gene Simmons (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Gene Simmons (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By Kevin Rutherford

Under fire from a score of people, including Motley Crue/Sixx AM rocker Nikki Sixx, concerning his recent comments on depression, Gene Simmons has taken a step back to clarify his controversial stance.

In a Facebook post today (Aug. 15), Simmons noted that he believes depression is “very serious” and that anything negative about it that he said was “never [his] intention.”

“I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression,” the KISS singer/bassist wrote. “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.”

Related: Gene Simmons Has No Sympathy for Drug Addicts, People with Depression: ‘I’m the Guy That Says, Jump!’

He added that his “heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression.”

Simmons made headlines earlier this month when he noted in an interview with Songfacts that he had little sympathy for drug addicts or people with depression, mostly alluding to some of his former bandmates.

“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,” Simmons 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–k 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–k you, then kill yourself.”

Nikki Sixx called Simmons out yesterday for the comments, calling them “moronic.”

Below, read the full post.

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

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.

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

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