Nikki Sixx Says Sobriety Allowed Him To Look At Life In A Different Way
Although Nikki Sixx still looks and talks the same, he is not the same Sixx who almost died twice from a heroin overdose. Currently living with his wife and children, he recently admitted that this is what he wanted all along and indicated that he could not have led the rock and roll life forever.
With Mötley Crüe, Sixx partook in several notorious incidents throughout their career. From their parties to drug and alcohol abuse, and their crazy stage performances to getting arrested, the band probably has the worst reputation in rock and roll. Even though they are still active and getting ready for touring, the band members are safe and happy in their separate homes with their own families.
Sixx had a difficult childhood and a bad relationship with his parents. Hence, as soon as he left home, he changed his name from Frank to Nikki to obtain a new identity. These hardships were disclosed in his autobiography, ‘The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx.’ This autobiography was not the only book he had written about his life.
Besides being the primary songwriter of Mötley Crüe, Sixx has also proved his writing skills by contributing to several books. Some of them are ‘This Is Gonna Hurt,’ ‘The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star,’ and ‘The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.’
After all the memories he made and the fast and crazy life he experienced, Sixx has now settled down and is happy with his life as a father. He was never just a ‘rock and roll’ guy, but it is still surprising for his fans to see him as a parent. In his recent interview with Fox, Sixx admitted how amazing fatherhood is and how much he loves being a father.
During a recent conversation, Nikki Sixx was asked whether he was afraid of becoming a father after having a difficult childhood. The rocker said it was quite the opposite; he wanted to have children ‘more than anything else.’ His goal is to raise his children, making sure that they know he will be by their side no matter what.
Sixx continued to talk about how he wants to be everything he can possibly be and not accept being a rockstar as a juxtaposition to being a friend, writer, or father. Nikki Sixx stressed that he can both be a great parent and a band member who’s getting ready to rock the stadiums.
Here is what Fox News asked:
“Were you ever afraid of becoming a parent because of the kind of childhood you had?”
And Sixx replied:
“No, that’s what I wanted to be more than anything else. I wanted to be a parent. I wanted my kids to know that no matter what, their dad is here and always will be. I never knew that. Fatherhood is amazing. I love being a dad. And I like to dispel things. A lot of people are like, ‘You’re a dad, so you must drive a minivan now and listen to elevator music.’
I don’t think so. You can be intelligent, a good parent, and still be in a band. You can also be an author and share parts of yourself that maybe might inspire someone to look at things differently. Sobriety has given me all of those things and more. Sobriety allows me to look at life and go, ‘I want to be a good man. I want to be a good friend. I want to be a good husband. I want to be a good father, and I want to be a good musician.’
I just love it. I look back and think, I can’t imagine just doing an album and a tour. It seems like there’s so much more to the story. There’s so much more I can do. And one thing I’ve learned along the way is you don’t have to be just one thing. You can reinvent yourself.”
In the same interview, the rockstar also admitted that he was happy to leave his rockstar life behind in California and move to Wyoming to raise a family. Hence, he married his wife Courtney in 2014 and also had a wedding far from darkness. He had stated in an interview with Entertainment Tonight in 2014 that he is happy to have found Courtney because he wanted no drama in his life anymore. However, that doesn’t mean he is less of a musician or a writer.
You can watch that interview below.