The founder of the popular rock and roll band “Red Hot Chili Pepper” Anthony Kiedis is someone with an interesting dating history and personal life. Many fans are keen to know more about him especially those who read his autobiography titled, Scar Tissue which talked about how he struggled with cocaine addiction and some other personal details. Let us find out more about this American rock singer.
Anthony Kiedis Biography
Anthony Kiedis is an American rock singer, songwriter, and lead vocalist of the rock and roll band, Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 1, 1962, to John Micheal Kiedis and Margaret Noble. He has three siblings from his step-mother who are named Julie, Jenny, and James Kiedis. His parents got divorced when he was just 3 years old and he lived with his mother in Michigan and after getting into trouble at school, he moved to live with his father in Los Angeles in 1974. His father made money from selling drugs and also did a little film acting. Kiedis attended Fairfax High School and proceeded to the University of California. While in college, he was exposed to the rough side of life and he went into drugs, becoming addicted to cocaine, heroin, and quaaludes which made him eventually drop out of college.
Anthony Kiedis’ Career
Kiedis is the founder of the rock band “Red Hot Chili Peppers” which was founded in 1983. He first started the band with his friends, Hillel Slovak, Micheal Balzore, also known as Flea, and Jack Irons, although they were already in different bands. The group later went through a line-up change when Slovak and Irons left and went back to their other band when it landed a record deal. Kiedis and Flea did not relent with their dream so they went ahead and brought in a guitarist, Jack Sherman, and a drummer, Cliff Martinez. The group eventually became known as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The group’s first debut album was christened after its name “Red Hot Chili Peppers”. The album was released in August 1984 by EMI records. Many people started following the band even though they did not make much from the album sales.
Their second album, titled “Freaky Styles” was released the following year after the first album and this time, Slovak and Irons returned to the band after Sherman and Martinez had been fired. The second album also did not sell much either.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers released their third album titled “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan” in 1987 and it went all the way to the Billboard 200 album charts. Just when the success was beginning to trickle in, Kiedis lost his friend and bandmate Slovak who died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988. After this tragedy, Irons left the band and Kiedis went to a rehabilitation center. After some time had passed, they tried to regroup. Kiedis and Flea added guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight and drummer D.H. Peligro to the group, but when the addition did not seem to be doing the magic, they recoiled and went a different route by bringing in guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith with who they recorded “Mothers Milk”. This did the magic as they started attracting more fans and more media attention.
Their fifth album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” was the one that gave Anthony Kiedis and Chili Peppers the fame. It was produced by Warner Bros. The album was No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has since sold over 13 million copies worldwide. It featured the singles “Under The Bridge”, “Give It Away” and “Suck My Kiss”. In September 1995, their sixth album “One Hot Minute” was released. “Californication” followed in 1999 and was released on June 8. Other albums by the Red Hot Chili Peppers are By the Way (2002), Stadium Arcadium (2006), I’m with You (2011), and The Getaway (2016).
In 2012, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. They have sold over 80 million records and won six Grammy awards. Kiedis is also an actor, he has starred alongside Sylvester Stallone in the 1978 movie F.I.S.T. He has also featured in the movie Point Break (1991) and also in The Chase (1994). He has also written a couple of books including Scar Tissue and Rock N Roll Pack among others. His net worth is estimated to be at $120 million
Is He Married? Girlfriend or Wife
Anthony Kiedis is not yet married and does not have a wife. He has a long list of women whom he has dated of which some of them are known celebrities. He is a serial boyfriend. Kiedis has been in several relationships that one would have thought he would be settled by now but yet, according to the most recent reports on him, he is still single and not married. The RHCP lead singer has been involved with Hava Handel (1979 – 1982), Jennifer Bruce (1985 – 1987), Ione Skye (1987 – 1989), Jaime Rishar (1993 – 1996), Yohanna Logan (1998 – 2003), and Heather Christie (2004 – 2008). The latter is the mother of his only son, Everly Kiedis. His more recent relationship is with Helena Vestergaard (2013 – 2015) and Wanessa Milhomem (2015).
Family – Dad, Son
Kiedis’s father’s name is John Kiedis which he later changed to Blackie Dammett. He was born on December 7, 1939, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Blackie was married to Kiedis’ mother, Peggy whose real name is Margaret and they are currently divorced. Kiedis’s father used to raise wolves and wolf hybrids in Michigan in the 1990s. He lived in Los Angeles but later moved to Portland in 2007. He made money from selling drugs and also did some acting.
Anthony Kiedis himself became a father in October 2007 when his girlfriend as at that time Heather Christie who was an actress gave birth to a son, who he named Everly Bear Kiedis. He fought for custody of his son when he got separated from Heather, but he lost the custody battle in the courts.
Is Anthony Kiedis Gay?
Anthony Kiedis is definitely not gay, judging by the information on his personal life and the history of women who he has dated. He loves posing for pictures with bandmates and sitting close to them with his arm around them but his sexual orientation is straight, not gay or bisexual.
Quick Facts – Net Worth, Height, Zodiac Sign
Name: Anthony Kiedis
Profession: Musician, Singer
Birth Date: November 1, 1962
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Parents: John Kiedis and Margaret Noble
Marital Status: Single
Children: 1 (Everly Bear Kiedis)
Height: 5ft 9in (175 cm)
Weight: 77 kg (170 lbs)
Eye Color: Light Brown
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Net Worth: $120 million