MÖTLEY CRÜE Bassist Nikki Sixx: "With My Kids I Say 'Don't Drink, Don't Do Drugs'..."

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Posted on Friday, November 09, 2007 at 13:34:09 EST

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx' website has been updated to feature an interview conducted by The A.V. Club's Kyle Ryan. The following is an excerpt:

Q: How old are your kids?

A: "Well, I’ve got 16, 13, 12, and 6-and-a-half."

Q: Teenagers - that seems like it would be brutal.

A: [Laughs.] You know, sometimes they say the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. In my case, I am pretty fortunate. They’re pretty balanced, cool kids, going through pretty much the same thing all the other kids go through. There’s nothing unique about me as a parent. I am a parent. My kids are kids. We do the best we can do. I don’t think they know a lot about what I do, other than that I am in this crazy band, Mötley Crüe."

Q: Sixteen and 13, that’s around the time kids start doing drugs. As someone in recovery, how do you approach that?

A: "I approach it the same way I approach it with anybody I’m talking to about the book: Behind door Number 1, I can tell you what’s there. And behind door Number 2, I can tell you what’s there. Behind door Number 1, there is death, destruction, insanity, jail—it’s not a pretty picture. Behind door Number 2 is our life now. In the end, I can only enforce the law so much underneath the roof of our house. In life, I can’t enforce any laws. I can only say, 'Read the book. It describes your choices - pick it.' I am not a preacher. I don’t want to stand on a soapbox and tell people, 'Don’t drink. Don’t use drugs.' With my kids, I say “Don’t drink. Don’t do drugs.” But when they turn 21, they can drink. I hope they never use drugs, but people make their own decisions. When they’re old enough, they are going to have the chance to make their own decisions. I just hope I have given them enough love and support, and the ability to come and talk to me if they need to."

Read the full interview at this location.