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Fame & Fortune: Nikki Sixx

Bankrate: How easy or difficult was it to get the people in your life back then to participate?

Nikki Sixx: God bless Mötley Crüe. They're not scared of anything. I was like, say whatever you want, paint me as ugly or as beautiful as you want, and they're like, right on. That was amazing.

Then, people like Slash, God bless him, he came in and laid the truth out there, and his struggles, and then managers came in and told their side of the story, and executives, and ex-girlfriends, and (former Prince vocalist and Sixx ex-girlfriend) Vanity, who was amazing. She's an evangelist now, and she had her battle with (drugs) but she got through it. That's a big part of the story.

But then there were a lot of people I called, and I'm not gonna name who they are, but I called them and they said, "Nikki, for you, anything," and then they didn't return the call. Or, I'd get an e-mail from their manager and it would say, "so and so really wants to be involved, but they don't want anyone to know that they did the same thing." And I was like, "Spineless, man. This is to help people out." But they're so concerned about their own image, they don't care about other people. That's what I wanted to put out there. Look how messed up this was, and look where I'm at now. That's it.

Bankrate: What's the status of Mötley Crüe now?

Nikki Sixx: I'm doing this project, and me and (Crüe guitarist) Mick Mars are compiling riffs and putting stuff together. That's a long process. We'll start putting stuff together and let the songs start to form, and probably next year sometime make a record.

One thing that's been very important to me is, I'm very respectful of Mötley Crüe, and I've always asked them to be very respectful to me and the other band members -- meaning, when it's time to do Mötley Crüe, I'm not doing other stuff. When I'm not doing Mötley Crüe, I wanna be able to do whatever it is I choose to do. For me, it's a balance between being a father; having my clothing company Royal Underground with Kelly Gray, which is doing really well; having "The Heroin Diaries" and working for the charity.

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