You just released last month the video for “Mother,” which I know that was a very personal song for you. I also heard you say that you were really moved by how so many people were able to relate to the subject and your effort to reach out to your children.
Do you have a particular moment or story that you shared with a fan about this?
I have a lot of them. It goes so deep. There’s so much abuse out there, and people don’t want to touch on it because it’s painful. People don’t like drama in their life, but… sometimes you have to bring the skeletons out of the closet. Not that I have any skeletons in the closet, but there are some things that are left untouched and unsaid that are wrong. Just because you’re in the judicial system or you’re an attorney or you’re a guardian that lied to them or whatever you call these people, there are things that happen that need to be made aware of. And I have a voice. I can stand in front of a lot of people and capture their attention and say what I need to say.
I remember there was a while back where being gay wasn’t “cool.” Nobody talked about it. Now, people are getting married and everything’s fine and everyone’s happy. It came out of the closet. Then when I was a child, there was child molestation. Now I was never molested as a child, but that was one thing that never came out of the closet. Nobody talked about it. And then child molestation became a thing where you can fucking Google the child molester and find out where he lives and know that you are living next door to these people and you don’t want to live there. So in my eyes, “Mother” is about mental abuse in children. It’s happening in the United States, and it’s not recognized in the court system. I’m pissed off! I’m fighting it, and I want everybody to hear me scream that it’s wrong. This is our next generation. Our next, future presidents and leaders of the world. They’re being abused. Not all of them of course. There are a lot of great parents out there.
And it happens when people divorce and there’s that push and pull and tug, and it all happens on the child. It’s like “She doesn’t want to be with you. She wants to be with me”. Well she’s half “you” and she’s half “me.” Leave the children out of it. It needs to be made a law. There needs to be a law against it. And that’s what “Mother” is. It’s a law against parental alienation. It’s mental child abuse. It’s worse than physical abuse. That saying that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Bullshit!