Although best known for being the bassist of the popular band KISS, Gene Simmons, also has a reputation for being one of the most outspoken personalities. The legendary rock ‘n’ roll artist has never been shy about sharing the details of the ladies in his life, and these women have all been linked to the famous star.
Cher – Girlfriend
Cher and Simmons had an open relationship for a year in 1979, but when Simmons turned to her good friend, Diana Ross, for Christmas gift advice, he ended up leaving Cher for Ross.
Cher – Now
Although Cher was once linked to the famous rock ‘n’ roll star, she was also very famous in her own right. Cher was famously married to Sonny Bono, and the pair formed their husband-wife duo with their hit song, “I Got You Babe.” Although a power couple, the pair divorced in 1975, and in that year she married Greg Allman, of whom she divorced in 1979. Meanwhile, she has raised two children, Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman, and continued to reign as one of the world’s most legendary singers.
Diana Ross – Girlfriend
Simmons and Diana Ross became an item following his relationship with Cher, and their romance lasted three years. During this time, Simmons would make sure he never appeared in public without his signature makeup, so was often photographed out with his girlfriend covering the bottom half of his face with a handkerchief. Although their relationship was not to last, it was the KISS bassist and his business-like mind that convinced Ross to leave Motown Records, which ended up doing wonders for her career.
Diana Ross – Now
Gene Simmons and Diana Ross broke up after three years together because Ross was under the impression that Simmons had returned to Cher. Although Ross was wrong with her theory, the couple split up and never got back together. Meanwhile, all three members of this complicated love triangle remained as friends. Ross then married Arne Naess Jr. in 1986 and had two children together – Ross Arne, and Evan Olav. However, the couple divorced in 2000 when it was revealed that Arne had a secret family.
Devin Devasquez – Rumored Love Interest
Devin Renee DeVasquez is the famous model and actress who is best known for being the June 1985 Playmate of the Month. DeVasquez and Simmons have been spotted and photographed getting up close and personal together on several occasions, which have led to rumors of a romance between the pair. They were seen at Simmons’ TOUNGE magazine launch party, as well as, at DeVasquez’s birthday party in 2014. However, it remains unclear as to whether or not these two famous stars have been romantically linked.
Devin Devasquez – Now
While it is unknown as to whether DeVasquez had a romantic encounter with Simmons, her most high profile relationship was in 1985 when she dated pop star, Prince. While she has appeared as a Playmate, her acting roles included an appearance in Married… With Children, just like other women who make this list. DeVasquez was also romantically involved with Sylvester Stallone, before settling down in 2009 with The Bold and the Beautiful star, Ronn Moss, who played Ridge Forrester on the soap opera.
Sophie Simmons – Daughter
Gene Simmons daughter, Sophie Simmons, was born in 1992 and is the second-born child of whom he shares with his wife, Shannon Tweed. Their first child, Nick, was born in 1989, and growing up with a father like Simmons could not have been easy for his children. However, Sophie came to accept her father, and said, “He taught me that there’s being nice and then there’s lying. It’s better to be blunt and un-liked than shade the truth. I appreciate people who are honest.”
Sophie Simmons – Now
Living in California, Sophie has chosen to follow in her father’s footsteps with a music career, as well as, follow her mother in pursuing a career in acting. Meanwhile, Sophie has started her own fashion line, which is known for producing affordable clothes for all body types. Speaking of her career choices, she explained, “When I’m singing, I’m Gene Simmons’s daughter, when I’m acting, I’m Shannon Tweed’s daughter. With fashion, I’m just me. I’m not just ‘daughter of blank.'”
Star Stowe – Love Interest
Another Playmate caught the eye of Gene Simmons, and this time it was Star Stowe, Playmate of the Month in February 1977. Born Ellen Louise Stowe, Simmons began dating the model for an unknown period of time. Meanwhile, Stowe was close with the Simmons’ band, and she was involved in the photoshoot for the cover of one of their disks. However, the relationship between Simmons and Stowe never got too serious on a romantic level, and they eventually went their separate ways.
Star Stowe – Now
Following her brief romance with Simmons, Stowe married Peter Maligo, and the couple had a son named Michael together. However, this relationship was not to last and the pair divorced in the ’80s. Sadly, things took a bad turn for Stowe after she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1986. Stowe worked as an exotic dancer and got involved with the wrong crowd, where she then developed some bad habits. It was then in 1997 that Stowe’s body was found after she was killed, but her murder remains unsolved.
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Tracy Lee Tweed is Gene Simmons sister-in-law, and the younger sister of his wife, Shannon Tweed. Tracy was married to Chico Ross for a short period of time, and he happens to be the brother of Diana Ross. Meanwhile, Simmons had briefly dated Diana Ross in the early 1980’s before his marriage to Tweed. Similarly to her older sister, Tracy pursued a career as an actress and a model, and both sisters featured together in the May 1991 edition of Playboy.
Tweed in the youngest of her siblings, with three brothers and three sisters in her big family. Following her marriage to Chico, she was involved in several love affairs and has three children from two of those men in her life – a daughter named Emily Tweed, and twin sons named, Jake and Hunter Tweed. Tracy is famous for her acting roles in films such as Johnny Mnemonic, Live Wire, Night Rhythms, Sunset Heat, and Night Eyes, 3.
Liv Ullmann – Love Interest
Famous Norwegian actress and director, Liv Johanne Ullman, first started dating Simmons in the 1970s and had no idea who Simmons was, or who he would soon become. However, the relationship between the actress and the KISS star only lasted a few dates, so their brief relationship was before Simmons came to be known as a big rock ‘n’ roll star. Perhaps this was for the best since Ullman probably would not have agreed with Simmons unique look and style in the band and his overall rockstar lifestyle.
Liv Ullmann – Now
Things seemed to be on the up for Ullman following her break-up with Simmons, as she went onto win a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for The Emigrants. The talented actress and director married real estate developer, Donald Saunders, in 1985, and the couple is still together. Most of Ullman’s personal life is kept private, but there is no denying that Ullman continued her success in her professional career and good thing she never hid her talents from the world.
Donna Summer – Worked Together
Gene Simmons produced a solo, self-titled album in 1978, and he wanted this album to have only the most talented musicians involved, and to have them from all different genres. For the record “Burning Up with Fever,” he knew the song was in need of pure star power, so he turned to Donna Summer. Speaking of Summer, Simmons said, “…The Donna I remember was the gracious and charming person who agreed to appear on a song I wrote called “Burning Up with Fever.”
Donna Summer – Now
Simmons and Summer’s single was released during the peak of the disco star’s career. Summer achieved great success during the ’80s and ’90s, and went onto win five Grammy Awards, with eight more Grammy Award nominations. Her Grammy Awards were alongside her other awards and honors, and Summer proved she was a force in the music world. However, the world lost a true icon when Summer passed away in 2012 from lung cancer. She is survived by her husband, Bruce Sudano, and their two daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda Sudano.
Connie Hamzy – Love Interest
Connie Hamzy was a name well-known during the ’70s and ’80’s when she served as a romantic companion to many famous rockstars. “Sweet” Connie, was given a shoutout in Grand Funk Railroad’s song, “We’re an American Band,” and she was linked to more than one KISS star. Connie was linked to KISS front-man, Paul Stanley, as well as, KISS bassist, Gene Simmons. Her relationship with Simmons was not to last too long, but Connie takes pride in keeping band morale at an all-time high.
Connie Hamzy – Now
Having had romances with high-profile stars, “Sweet” Connie Hamzy featured in a detailed profile for Cosmopolitian in 1974, where she spoke of her encounters. This was followed by a tell-all article in 1992 for Penthouse, where she gave even greater detail of her time as a groupie. Just when you would think this would be enough, Rock Groupie: The Intimate Adventures of “Sweet Connie” from Little Rock, was released in 1995, which was Hamzy’s own memoir.
Wendy O. Williams – Worked Together/Love Interest
While Simmons may have dated actresses and models over the years, he had more in common with Wendy Orlean Williams, the lead singer for the punk rock and metal group, Plasmatics. Just like Simmons’, Williams was also a member of a controversial band who liked to push the boundaries during live performances. From the outside, Simmons and Williams seemed like a rock ‘n’ roll match made in heaven. While their romance was not to last, however, Simmons did help Williams produce an album.
Wendy O. Williams – Now
Following her brief romance with Simmons’, Williams did not look much further for her next romantic encounter, and she began dating her former manager, Rod Swenson. After a successful career in music, Williams retired in 1991 and moved to Storrs, Connecticut with Swenson. She stated her reason for moving was because she “was pretty fed up with dealing with people,” but that did not mean things were made better for Williams. After two suicide attempts and having struggled with mental illness for years, Williams sadly took her own life in 1998.
Flora Klein – Mother
Born to a Jewish family in Hungary in 1927, Flora Klein weathered many hardships before becoming Gene Simmons’ mother. Klein was one of the sole survivors of her family after they were deported to concentration camps. Following her liberation, she moved to Israel, where she met a man named Feri Witz, who worked as a carpenter. The couple had a son named Chaim, who later changed his name to Eugene. Left a single mother, Flora would take her son to New York, and the rest is history.
Flora Klein – Now
Flora wasn’t exactly pleased by her son’s ambitions to become a musician, but she allowed him the freedom to pursue his dreams, so long as he didn’t drop out of school. Gene always looked up to his mother, admiring her resilience in the face of all she endured. It helped keep Gene on the straight and narrow, even while other rockstars spent their downtime partying. Flora is still there encouraging Gene to keep working hard, even with all of his success.
Linda Johansen – Love Interest
Linda Johansen may have started off as a leggy, blonde model, but she’s transformed her career into that of a successful business owner. Johansen may have met her fair share of famous men during her modeling days, but she seems to be just a drop in the bucket for Gene Simmons, who purports to have been intimate with almost 5,000 women. The tryst enjoyed by Johansen and Simmons was publicized via a fan site called Kiss Fanzine.
Linda Johansen – Now
Johansen decided to take matters into her own hands and share her side of her many high profile romances in the memoirs she released in 2004. Simmons wasn’t the only celebrity she got involved with, as she divulged the details behind her romance with Charlie Sheen, who was far less volatile when they met in the early 1990s. After splitting from Sheen, Johansen embarked on a relationship with Bjørn Løvstad. Løvstad gave her a taste of the business world, inspiring Johansen to open two beauty salons.
Jessica Hahn – Love Interest
Jessica Hahn is yet another lady who fit the bill when it came to Gene’s ferocious appetite. She shot to fame as a model for Playboy during the latter half of the 1980s. Hahn was able to parlay her modeling work into several acting gigs, which included several appearances on Married…With Children. While on the show, Hahn wasn’t far from another of Simmons’ other ladies, Katy Segal. Around the same time, Hahn also became a fixture as a guest on The Howard Stern Show.
Jessica Hahn – Now
It seems that Hahn has a taste for bad boys, as she was frequently connected to bad boys and rockstars, including Mike Tramp, Michael Wolff, and Evel Knievel. Those aren’t the only men who were in Hahn’s life though, as she also enjoyed relationships with the head of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, and Tommy Lee, the drummer for Motley Crue. From 1991 to 2008, Hahn was entangled with Ron Leavitt, one of the creators of Married…With Children. Since his death, she has married.
Liza Minnelli – Worked Together/Rumored Love Interest
Liza Minnelli may have famous parents, but it turned out that Gene Simmons was an integral part of launching her career. He became her recording manager and introduced her to the man who would help her make her name as a singer, the head of CBS Records, Walter Yetnikoff. Though rumors persisted that the two enjoyed more than just a business relationship, it was Simmons who ushered Minelli’s musical style into the modern era.
Liza Minnelli – Now
Minelli my not have quite the scorecard as Gene Simmons, but she’s certainly been known to dangle a man or two on her arm. With four marriages that have all ended in divorce, Minelli has been linked with countless famous men. Her first husband, Peter Allen, ended things when he came out as a gay man, though his story would later be turned into a musical. She has also enjoyed romances with Desi Arnaz, the famed director, Martin Scorsese, and Peter Sellers.
Sharon, Drora, And Ogenia Witz – Sisters
Simmons’ father abandoned his family when he was very young. Unbeknownst to them, he would go on to have another family, which included three half sisters, of whom Gene was entirely unaware. Sharon, Drora, and Ogenia were born and raised in the country Simmons left. The siblings would not meet until Simmons embarked on his first journey back to Israel since leaving with his mother as a small child. The visit also gave him a chance to pay his respects to his father’s grave.
Sharon, Drora, And Ogenia Witz – Now
Gene’s 2011 visit to Israel was thoroughly documented on his short-lived reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels. On the monumental episode, Simmons addressed his background, saying, “I’m Israeli. I’m a stranger in America. I’m an outsider.” The estranged siblings celebrated their reunion as they reveled in the fact that they somehow had a famous brother. In the course of the episode, Simmons expressed his regret that he didn’t come sooner to meet his father before he’d passed away.
Traci Anna Koval – Love Interest
Traci Anna Koval found a modest amount of fame when she began her modeling career as the face of an energy drink. Koval was in the early days of her career when her path crossed with Simmons. Under the stage name ‘Elsa’, Koval and Simmons decided to get frisky on camera. By 2008, however, the video found its way online and became widely circulated online.Valleywag announced, “The video in question was surreptitiously filmed without Mr. Simmons’ knowledge by a woman named Traci Anna Koval.”
Traci Anna Koval – Now
The video that Koval released caused lasting damage to Simmons’ personal life, given that he had been in a long-lasting partnership with Shannon Tweed. He may never have been regarded as someone who was particularly faithful, given his reputation as a rock legend, but the video was a severe blow to his personal life. Its release entangled the rocker into a drawn-out lawsuit. Gene also referred to the video as “garbage that has sprung up from my past.”
Bonnie Large – Love Interest
Bonnie Large began her career in 1969 as one of the final contestants for Queen of the Rose Parade. Before judging was finalized, however, Large was eliminated for being underage. By 1973, Large had reason to celebrate when she was chosen to be the Playmate of the Month for March 1973. Bonnie has kept quiet about her relationship with Simmons, only revealing select details of their time together in Celebrity Sleuth, though it’s clear Gene still remembers their tryst well.
Bonnie Large – Now
Bonnie Large certainly has a taste for famous men, as she was also once tied to Michael Crichton, who is highly regarded for his work as a screenwriter for Jurassic Park, Westworld, Twister, and Disclosure. Bonnie’s first marriage was to Jon Large, though it didn’t last, and she would later tie the not to Don Medford. While her romantic life may not have had a fairytale ending, Large has found happiness working to promote various forms of alternative therapies.
Janice Ian – Worked Together
Janice Ian may have been a famous musician in her own right, but her talent certainly helped to buoy Simmons’ own career. Simmons’ 1979 solo album was not exactly the hit he’d hoped it would be, but the only song that gained any traction happened to feature Janice Ian. The two may have had wildly disparate musical styles, as Ian was known for her work as a folk singer, but “Radioactive” became a runaway hit just the same.
Janice Ian – Now
Janice Ian may not have become an American icon like several other American folk singers, but she certainly enjoyed her fair share of popularity among lovers of the genre, and her name has been immortalized in American pop culture. Ian’s biggest hit happened to be the song “At Seventeen” which even managed to top the Billboard Charts after its release. Ian toyed with marriage for a time, as she was tied to Tino Sargo, but the two divorced after only five years. She’s now married to Patricia Snyder.
Katey Sagal – Girlfriend
Katey Sagal first got involved with the KISS star when she was only 18 years old, far before she would gain acclaim for her role on Married….With Children. “I was 18 years old,” Sagal explained. “I was a waitress at this restaurant and Kiss came in after one of their concerts – it was when they just started, so I went over and I waited on them… and Gene Simmons thought I was kinda cute, so we ended up kinda going out.”
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The pair were on again and off again until Sagal told Simmons it was time to give her a ring if he wanted her to stay around. Simmons laughed in her face when she suggested she’d marry another rocker, Freddie Beckmeier who made his name playing bass for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Katy kept her word and enjoyed a short-lived married with Beckmeier. Sagal jumped to yet another rocker when she married Jack White, who she also divorced. She’s now married to Kurt Stutter.
Shannon Tweed made her acting career on a rather unusual film genre, erotic thrillers. She met Simmons over 30 years ago, in 1983. Tweed has managed to weather all of Simmons’ various relationships, despite the challenged its posed to her wellbeing, as Gene finds it difficult to distance himself from other women during his many weeks touring the world. Of his wife, however, he’s said, “I need Shannon in my life. Not just because of love and family but because she holds me accountable.”
Shannon Tweed – Now
No matter where Simmons found himself parking his bus, he would always return home to Shannon, even through the times he thought she might pack her bags and leave. With all of his various romances, Simmons has still put family first and was finally ready to make a binding commitment to Tweed in 2011. Their family life, including their two children, Nichols Adam Tweed-Simmons and Sophie Alexandra Tweed-Sommons, was documented on Gene Simmons Family Jewels, a reality show, between 2006 and 2012.