Gene Simmons Apologizes For Depression & Suicide Comments

Gene Simmons on July 11, 2014 Gene Simmons on July 11, 2014

After some serious backlash for comments Gene Simmons made about depression, substance abuse and suicide the KISS bassist has apologized.

During a July 31 interview with the website Songfacts, the 64-year-old went on a rant after being asked about getting along with the original members of his band KISS.

“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. 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,” he said in the interview. “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.’”

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Following Robin Williams’ death on Monday — where the actor took his own life — many were critical of Gene’s comments. And now, Gene has addressed his comments.

“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,” he said in a message on Facebook. “I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.”

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