Sunday 23 October 2016

'I got such s**t from my family for my big mouth again' - Gene Simmons apologises for calling Prince's death 'pathetic'

Amy Mulvaney

Published 11/05/2016 | 11:16

Gene Simmons (AP)
Gene Simmons (AP)

Gene Simmons has apologised for calling Prince’s death “pathetic”.

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The KISS singer took to Twitter to apologise after his comments about Prince’s death caused uproar with the star’s millions of devastated fans.

“I just got such sh*t from my family for my big mouth again. I apologise – I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts,” Simmons told his 783,000 Twitter followers.

“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. 

"I was raised in a culture/crowd where drug addicts were written off as losers, and since that's the narrative I grew up with it's been hard to change with the times."

"Needless to say, I didn’t express myself properly here – I don’t shy away from controversy, and angry critics really don’t bother me at all.

"If I think I’m right, I’ll throw up a finger and dig my heels in and laugh. But this time, I was not. So, my apologies.”

He also warned his followers to be wary of journalists "quote-mining things I've said in the past".

However, the "pathetic" comment was made recently and feature in an interview with Newsweek which was posted to the website on Tuesday.

Simmons said that the legendary musician’s passing was because of drugs: “His drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?”

“I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them”, the singer said.

“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.” 

Prince’s death shocked the world in April, however the cause of the 57-year-old’s death is still not confirmed.

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