Under fire from a score of people, including Motley Crue/Sixx AM rocker Nikki Sixx, concerning his recent comments on depression, Gene Simmons has taken a step back to clarify his controversial stance.

In a Facebook post today (Aug. 15), Simmons noted that he believes depression is “very serious” and that anything negative about it that he said was “never [his] intention.”

“I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression,” the KISS singer/bassist wrote. “I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. “Somewhere along the line, my intentions in speaking very directly and perhaps politically-incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics have been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression.”

Related: Gene Simmons Has No Sympathy for Drug Addicts, People with Depression: ‘I’m the Guy That Says, Jump!’

He added that his “heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression.”

Simmons made headlines earlier this month when he noted in an interview with Songfacts that he had little sympathy for drug addicts or people with depression, mostly alluding to some of his former bandmates.



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