Sophie Simmons, the 24-year-old daughter of Gene Simmons, called out Stacey Sagal for revealing her affair with the Kiss rocker in her new memoir.


Sagal’s book, Grace Notes: My Recollections, details an affair the Married with Children star had with Gene over four decades ago. Sophie did not feel the account was necessary. “I feel like it’s no one’s business, really,” she said on a podcast on Tuesday. “I mean, if Katey wants to write a book about her life, cool – but to write about someone and then have it affect their family I feel like is a really kind of low place to go to try and sell a book.”

“And she should probably look at her own family – I’m just saying – before pointing fingers,” Sophie added, “because other people could write books too.”

Sagal, now 63, met Gene, now 67, in a bar in Santa Monica in the 1970s. “At first, I thought Gene was really weird,” she writes in the memoir. “I took him home with me that night because he was quite persuasive, and I like men.”

She recounts that Simmons signed Sagal and her band to his label, but dropped them after one album. The pair continued their affair on and off for several years, but ended when Sagal told him she was going to marry bassist Freddie Beckmeier unless he married her instead. She ended up marrying Beckmeier, but divorced after three years. She is now married to screenwriter Kurt Sutter.

Sophie, also a musician, said her family is doing fine. “It really doesn’t affect us — we’re so tight as a family,” she explained. “My parents are so crazy in love. I mean, congrats to the one groupie who thought they got ahead, but apparently didn’t.” And possibly with a hint of sarcasm added, “You’re a really talented actress, so it worked out.”

Simmons married his longtime girlfriend and mother to his two children Shannon Tweed in 2011 after being together for three decades. Sutter is Sagal’s fourth husband, and the pair share a 10-year-old daughter. She has two previous children from her third marriage to Jack White.

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