Anthony Kiedis is a very talented individual as he is a singer, a creative songwriter, an actor, and a bestselling author. He is better known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers – a Rock and Roll Band he founded with his friends. Anthony has had some struggles in his life, especially with drug and sexual addiction, but he has shown the ability to rise above all and live a productive, successful, and happy life. Together with his bandmates, he has won several prestigious awards, of which the highlight of it all was his induction into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Biography of Anthony Kiedis
The talented artist was born on the 1st of November in the year 1962 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His parents are Margaret Peggy and John Michael Kiedis (an actor professionally known as Blackie Dammett). His parents’ divorce at his early age of 3 caused him to be raised by his mother who later found love again and had two more children. All these must have left an indelible impact on the young boy who only got to visit his father in Hollywood in the summer. He reveals that those were the happiest times of his childhood and he soon joined his father in Hollywood fulltime when he reached the age of 12.
Anthony Kiedis’ father struggled with his acting career and dabbled into drugs to make ends meet. His son also began to do drugs (marijuana & cocaine) with his father as he attended Fairfax High School, Los Angeles where he had difficulties making friends. He later met Flea who became his best friend as they had a lot in common.
The older Kiedis got his son his first acting role in the film F.I.S.T (1978) where he appeared as Sylvester Stallone’s characters son. In the same year, the featured in another film, Jokes My Folks Never Told Me and then in ABC’s Afterschool Special.
Kiedis began to dabble into music around this point in his life, especially after he became tight buddies with Slovak. Together, the pair often used heroin, LSD, speed, and cocaine recreationally. Ironically, Anthony excelled in school with straight A grades despite his constant drug abuse. He graduated from high school with honors and proceeded to the study writing at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Anthony Kiedis began the “Red Hot Chili Peppers” band in 1983 with his friends Micheal Balzore (Flea), Hillel Slovak, and Jack Irons. The group’s self-titled debut album was released in August 1984 by EMI records. While they didn’t make much in terms of sales, the group got the attention of many people who began to follow their progress.
Sadly, Slovak lost his life to a heroin overdose in 1988. Irons who couldn’t cope with Slovak death left the band. Anthony and Flea decided to keep the band and they added drummer D.H. Peligro and Guitarist DeWayne McKnight. The band has gone through some changes in their lineup since this first change but Kiedis and Flea have remained constants.
The band has become very successful with a total of eleven albums released so far, selling over 80 million records. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and have received a total of 65 nominations, winning 25 including 6 Grammys.
In 2007, Anthony Kiedis welcomed a son (Everly Bear) with his then model girlfriend, Heather Christie, who was 18 while he was 41. The two were involved in a custody battle in 2018 with Christie winning custody of their son.
Anthony has been very vocal about his struggle with drug addiction especially in his autobiography, Scar Tissue which became an international bestseller. He reveals that although it hasn’t been easy, being a father is what motivates him to stay clean.
Is Anthony Kiedis Married To A Wife Or Dating A Girlfriend?
Anthony Kiedis has had an eventful life in all ramifications. His parents’ divorce and his childhood with his father must have had a great impact on his life. He has been called a serial boyfriend in some quarters as he has admitted having more than 100 sexual partners in some years. Moreover, his refusal to commit to any woman long term in terms of marriage not even with Heather Christie – the mother of his only child, hasn’t helped his reputation.
Anthony also has a thing for women that are beautiful and way younger than him and the good thing about his numerous relationships and breakups is that he always gets inspired to write his lyrics; either by the strong emotions which he experiences during the relationship or by the excruciating pain of the breakup. He has written songs about almost every woman he has been in a relationship with.
As of 2019, Anthony is not married to anyone. Although he has refused to put his relationship out there, he has been spotted a number of times with an unknown beautiful brunette.