Ace Frehley chastises Gene Simmons over comments

Ace Frehley chastises Gene Simmons over comments

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has chastised his ex-bandmate Gene Simmons ...

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has chastised his ex-bandmate Gene Simmons for making controversial comments about depression just days after the death of Robin Williams.

Simmons was the focus of a major backlash last week when, in an interview just days after the actor's suicide, he suggested depression sufferers should kill themselves.

Simmons was discussing his relationship with Frehley, who suffered from substance abuse and depression, and the former KISS guitarist has now hit back at his former bandmate for making insensitive remarks.

Frehley tells Billboard, "The press makes it out like we hate each other, (but) I could go over to any of their (former KISS bandmates') houses and hang out. I try not to get involved with all the rhetoric, but sometimes I can't hold back. I mean, Gene has the balls to go on the Internet the other day and say, 'Look, if you're a depressed person, kill yourself.' I don't think Robin Williams' family is too happy about his statements, you know?

"He used to say to me in the '70s every time I did something stupid, like I crashed a car or I got loaded when I shouldn't, he'd say, 'Ace, you're shootin' yourself in the foot.' Well, you can print, 'Hey Gene, you're shootin' yourself in the foot a lot lately.' But I love the guy! I swear to God."

Simmons has publicly apologized for his comments.

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