'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' star not about "train wreck" TV
By Christopher Rocchio, 07/12/2007
Don't let the demonic face paint or dark sunglasses fool you -- Gene Simmons is apparently less about drugs and drinking and more about instilling values on his A&E reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
"On the surface, there's nothing particularly exciting," said the former KISS frontman in the July 16 issue of TV Guide. "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."
A&E recently ordered a third season of Family Jewels, its popular docu-reality series that follows Simmons and his family in their daily lives. While Simmons may be the star of Family Jewels, the show's cast also includes Shannon Tweed, a former Playboy Playmate of the Year who has been happily UNmarried to the former KISS frontman for 24 years, as well as their two teenage children Nick and Sophie.
Simmons said while he may not be married to Tweed, that doesn't mean their relationship is any different than 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,'" 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."
A previous episode of Family Jewels estimated Simmons has slept with 4,897 women, which he told TV Guide was a "good guess," adding "a lot of them didn't get a lot of sleep." He may be a fan of the ladies, but Simmons is opposed to taking drugs and alcohol, telling TV Guide original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were "thrown out of the band because they were drug addicts and alcoholics." He's apparently taken the same stance with Nick and Sophie.
"They know the rules," Simmons told TV Guide. "Ever see the movie Holes? If I catch them once [using drugs], they'll find themselves in a camp out in the middle of the desert, digging holes."