Simmons Essentially Married to Shannon Tweed
KISS bassist Gene Simmons still refuses to have an official marriage
ceremony with longtime partner Shannon Tweed, even though the pair have
signed a legal agreement together.
The couple, along with their children, Nick and Sophie, are starring in
the new reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels on the US A&E
network and say they have been "happily unmarried" for 23 years.
They have a co-habitation agreement outlining the legal parameters of
their bond including health insurance, pensions and benefits.
The family appeared on US talk show The View on Tuesday (01AUG06) to
discuss their unconventional relationship.
When Tweed was asked why she never demanded Simmons marry her she said,
"I never gave him an ultimatum because I don't play games and I
wouldn't mean it.
"I'm not going to leave him if he's not going to marry me. I don't
think you should say that unless you mean it."
The rocker has a notorious bad boy image and claims to have slept with
over 4,600 women, but Tweed insists her husband's womanizing image is
She adds, "I don't mind if he flirts. Who wants a guy who nobody
If he did more than flirt, he'd be missing a limb."