Kiss’ Gene Simmons Tells Depression Sufferers: “Fuck You, Kill Yourself”

The rock star’s comments in conversation with Songfacts have caused outrage.

Gene Simmons has infuriated a lot of people after an interview revealing his thoughts about depression and suicide emerged.

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Last month the rocker told

For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed. I live in Seattle.’ Fuck you, then kill yourself. I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I’m the guy who says ‘Jump’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, ‘That’s it, I can’t take it anymore. I’m going to jump.’ Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.

“By the way, you walk up to the same guy on a ledge who threatens to jump and put a gun to his head, ‘I’m going to blow your fuckin’ head off.’ He’ll go, ‘Please don’t.’ It’s true. He’s not that insane.”

The comments are particularly poignant this week, coming so soon after the death of Robin Williams, who was suffering from depression at the time of his death.

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So, needless to say, a lot of people are shocked by Simmons’ comments.

Even fans have disowned him.

Fuck you @genesimmons for your disgustingly insensitive comments regarding depression and suicide! No longer a kiss fan! Go fuck yourself!

— Milligans Island (@twitchlovesme)

on the bright side, gene simmons is so god damn irrelevant it's likely teens don't even know who he is, let alone what he's been saying

— Evan (@myrrhley)

Kiss Bassist Gene Simmons Tells Depression Sufferers 'F**k You, Then Kill Yourself' ... Annnd delete Kiss from iPod

— Jack Mendel (@JackMendel4)

@genesimmons what an colossal prick you are, is your career so fucked that you need to make such a statement about depression for attention?

— Fuck Pig (@horace_wimp)

Although he did make the comments two weeks before Williams’ death, and he tweeted this when he heard the sad news.

R.I.P. Robin Williams. A kind and generous man.

— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons)

But even that didn’t impress some people, who were quick to point out the meaning of his words.

@genesimmons He followed your advice and killed himself and killed himself. Impressed with yourself yet? Depression is real, & you're a dick

— Kate Woolard (@maikastar)

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx has criticised the rocker, too.

I struggled with addiction and depression but found recovery.Would you be happy if I killed myself instead?Also my 4 kids wouldnt been born.

— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx)

I wonder if @genesimmons would still say how depressed people or addicts should kill themselves if it happend to his wife or kids?

— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx)

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Kimberley Dadds is the UK celebrity editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.