Gene Simmons, Prince

Gene Simmons, Prince

*He has a famously long tongue, and now Kiss star Gene Simmons is apologizing for having a “big mouth” regarding recent comments about the death of Prince.

As previously reported, the musician said in an interview with Newsweek that although Prince was “heads, hands and feet above” other musicians, and let Michael Jackson “in the dust,” Simmons added, “But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you … but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”

Authorities are currently investigating evidence of opiate use by the late singer.

Simmons has since taken to Twitter with apologies, saying, “I just got such s**t from my family for my big mouth again.”

“I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts,” he wrote. “I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene.”

Simmons added, “Needless to say, I didn’t express myself properly here — I don’t shy away from controversy, and angry critics really don’t bother me at all. If I think I’m right, I’ll throw up a finger and dig my heels in and laugh. But this time, I was not. So, my apologies.”