Gene Simmons's Wife, Paul Stanley Clash Over Prince Remarks

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons attend the 32nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, California, April 29, 2015. Stanley and Simmons's wife, Shannon Tweed, have gone back-and-forth over Simmons's controversial comments about Prince. Jason Merritt/Getty

Gene Simmons's inflammatory remarks about Prince's death in an interview with Newsweek published Tuesday continue to reverberate—leading to tension within his band Kiss.

After the star described the Purple One's death as "pathetic"—comments he later apologized for—fellow Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley took to Twitter to publicly atone for his friend of over 40 years and distance himself from Simmons' remarks.

He tweeted:

Stanley's reaction prompted Simmons's wife, model and actress Shannon Tweed, to bite back, accusing him of throwing her husband "under the bus."

She wrote:

Stanley responded:

However, Tweed wasn't swayed by Stanley's explanation. She wrote back:

Simmons himself has yet to publicly comment on Stanley's comments, but his wife's Twitter battle with Stanley suggests there may be some dissension within the rock group.

Speaking to Newsweek about the circumstances of Prince's death on April 21, Simmons said: "His drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold?"

Simmons later published a lengthy apology on his Twitter account, writing: "I apologize—I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts."

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