Nikki Sixx Calls Gene Simmons Out For His ‘Moronic’ Remarks on Depression: ‘We’ve Just Lost Robin Williams’

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.”

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

But in the wake of Robin Williams suicideMotley Crue’s Nikki Sixx is calling out the KISS frontman for his insensitive remarks.

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?”


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