GENE SIMMONS ISSUES AN APOLOGY FOR HIS PRINCE REMARKS
Gene Simmons has apologized for saying that Prince’s death was “a choice” due to his alleged addiction to painkillers. In a note on Twitter, the outspoken KISS member wrote, “I just got such s–t from my family for my big mouth again. I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene.”
“Needless to say,” he continued, “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.”
Simmons then added a quick postscript in which he cast some blame on media outlets for “quote-mining things I’ve said in the past and applying it to new situations.” While he admitted this didn’t make his previous statements “any more tactful,” he closed with the warning, “Be wary of click bait. The uglier they can make it seem, the more views they will get.”
Simmons is apologizing for comments that he made in an interview with Newsweek.
His KISS bandmate, Paul Stanley, also criticized Simmons for his comments.
additional source: Rolling Stone