Gene Simmons Apologizes for Comments About Depression and Suicide, Nikki Sixx Responds
Last week Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx called out KISS' Gene Simmons out for his "moronic" statements about depression and suicide. Following the vehement fan backlash to his comments, Simmons posted the following clarification and apology on his Facebook page:
I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks.
To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression. 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. 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 intention of speaking in very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise.
Sixx also took to his Facebook page to respond, where he complimented Simmons for apologizing and thinks the whole issue has brought awareness to depression. He wrote:
I also want to address and compliment Gene for publicly apologizing. That was 100% the right thing to do. This has turned into a bit of an anti-Gene Simmons bashathon and I don’t condone that nor do I support that radio stations across the country who are banning Kiss (the guys in the band didn’t do anything). Gene said something that has been addressed and maybe in a moment of bravado he was just being cocksure and pompous?
Out of everything in my life that’s has gone array either from my own action’s or others I try to learn a lesson. There is good in everything. What I know is this. When people are listening we have an opportunity to pass along some valuable and positive information.
Since I have had my own struggle with addiction and depression I have been exposed to both sides of the process. It's not as simple as we are lowly addicts or morally incapable of pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, doing the right thing or just snapping out of it. The process involves hard work and hopefully some form of a support team (family, friends, etc.) around you. That could mean therapy, rehab, 12 step programs or sometimes-even medication. It’s better than the alternative. Trust me...
So here are some stats I pulled for the uneducated and for anybody needing to know you’re not alone. Thanks for being proactive in bringing awareness..Nikki
--14.8 million American adults (6.7%) are affected by a major depressive disorder each year
--1 in 10 Americans are affected by Depression at one point in their life.
--Women are twice as likely to have depression and symptoms of depression
--People aged 45-64 have the highest percentage rate for depression. (4.6%)
--The most common age to start developing symptoms of depression is 32.
--Depression is the cause of over two-thirds of reported suicides each year (20,000 a year)
--For every 2 homicides in the US, there are 3 suicides.
--Untreated depression is the #1 risk for suicide among youth.
--The death rate from suicide is higher than chronic liver disease, Alzheimer’s, murder or hypertension.
--80% of people that have symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any treatment
--The Number of patients diagnosed with depression increases by about 20% each year.
--60-80% of all depression cases can be effectively treated with therapy and medication.
--Depression causes $70 billion in medical costs and lost productivity each year.