Boongie Love

8 September 2011

Lenny Kravitz, sex god, is interviewed in Elle:

ELLE:  What did your mother teach you about being a man?

LK:  That it’s about honor and respect. I was, like, 13, and my mom had to go to some party. She said, “Lenny, I want you to wash these dishes and put them away.” So she leaves, I wash the dishes, and put them away. About three in the morning, I get awakened by this tap on my head, and she drags me to the kitchen. One cabinet door is open about an inch, right? And she points at the door and says, “Close the cabinet.” I was completely pissed off and couldn’t believe this woman would drag me out of bed. But that was what follow-through was about. If it weren’t for these kinds of lessons, I wouldn’t be here doing what I’m doing.

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ELLE:  Zoe has described you as a “strict dad in leather pants and a boa.” Is that even possible?

LK:  Yeah. I love when she says, “My dad tried to get me to go to bed, and there’s Mick Jagger in the living room.” No matter how it seemed, there were rules, because that’s how I grew up. Don’t get confused by the leather pants.

ELLE:  The leather pants I get. But, uh, why the pubic piercing?
LK:  Pardon?

ELLE:  Why pierce your pubic area? You’re not actually lanced through the—
LK:  No, no. That’s a whole other thing. I just wanted it. And I also had a diamond that my mother had left me, so I thought, What better place to put the family jewels than by the family jewels?

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