Despite being known for his dark and demon-like persona, Gene Simmons is actually more about instilling values on his reality series, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, and less about drowning in vices like drugs and alcohol.
In the July 16 issue of TV Guide, Simmons said, “On the surface, there’s nothing particularly exciting. People like train wrecks, but as much as we’ll try to be [Being Bobby Brown stars Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston], we can’t. It’s not who we are. I’ve never been high or drunk in my life.”
The 57-year-old musician, who is known for being the bass guitarist and vocalist of the rock band kiss, also said that while he is notorious for being a real “ladies man,” he is very much against taking drugs and alcohol. He told TV Guide that original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were “thrown out of the band because they were drug addicts and alcoholics. Should his children, Nick and Sophie, make the same mistake, Simmons said that “they’ll find themselves in a camp out in the middle of the desert digging holes.”
Nick and Sophie also star in Family Jewels, along with Gene Simmons’ partner, Shannon Tweed. Because Simmons does not believe in marriage, he and Tweed have been living together in un-wedded bliss for 24 years. Tweed, who is the mother of Nick and Sophie, was a former “Playboy Playmate of the Year.”
Although he is not married to Tweed, Simmons said that their relationship doesn’t differ much from that of a wedded couple.
“All relationships are open. Don’t believe there’s any difference between a monogamous or polygamous relationship. Those are all just big words like ‘gymnasium,'” Gene Simmons told TV Guide. “Human beings will do whatever the hell they want to do. [But] they lie about it… because they think they have to answer to somebody. I want Shannon to stay with me only because she wants to, not because she has to.”
Family Jewels is currently on its second season, airing Sunday nights on A&E. The network recently renewed it for another season.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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