During a recent interview with Los Angeles Times, KISS bassist Gene Simmons has shared a little-known truth about his personal lifestyle.

He said that he doesn’t drink or do drugs because of his mother Flóra Klein, who passed away two months ago. Here’s the statement:

“I’m my mother’s only child. I was concerned I had no right to harm my mother. Life did that enough.

I literally never drink. Privately or publicly. I simply don’t like the taste or the smell of anything with alcohol in it. I have never been drunk in my life and have never taken more than a sip of anything, and hated it every time. I will toast just to be social, but that’s it.”

He continued:

Life is a race and we’re in constant competition. You and I are lined up along with 10 other guys, do you think you’ll do better than the guy who is a little tipsy? Because the alcohol is not going to help him. … If you stand still, you’re losing. We have to be like sharks. Either you move through the water or you drown.”

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Back in December 2018, Gene talked after his mother’s death on social media, and said:

“I lost my Mother. My Mentor. My moral compass. And I am heartbroken. 🙁 My Mother, Flora Klein passed away at 93 years of age. No illnes. No pain. She simply quietly, went to sleep.

My Mother will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. Today. And Forever.
And I would urge all of you, to run over, put your arms around your mother, kiss her and tell her how much you love her. Do this every day!”

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