Gene Simmons Defends JoJo Siwa’s KISS-Like Look at 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Gene Simmons is happy to see JoJo Siwa embracing a new look — even if she resembles a member of KISS.

After Siwa sported an eye-popping black-and-silver outfit with heavy eye makeup reminiscent of a member of the “Rock and Roll All Nite” band to the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles on Monday, Simmons offered his stamp of approval in a new interview with TMZ.

“JoJo is cool,” said the 74-year-old rock legend on Wednesday. “Anybody who doesn’t get it is just jealous, period.”

“Never be ordinary. Always be extraordinary. JoJo is extraordinary, and she looks cool,” added Simmons, before quipping: “Of course, she looks like me, but that’s another story.”

JoJo Siwa at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles on April 1, 2024.

Frazer Harrison/Getty

Siwa’s revamped style comes as she prepares a return to music with her new song, “Karma,” set to release on Friday. Before the new song arrives, she spoke to PEOPLE at the 2024 GLAAD Awards about the upcoming transition — which was preceded by a “heads-up” on Instagram that her new content is “not made for children.”

“I feel like a lot of child stars started as a character then they grew into an adult as themselves,” said the Dance Moms alum last month. “Whereas for me, I’ve always been myself, you know what I mean? And so to make this transition while being true to myself, while being artistic, has been interesting to figure out. But I think we’ve nailed it and I think it definitely makes a massive statement. Maybe even too big of a statement, but I think it’s going to be a good one.”

At the 2024 iHeartRadio Awards, Siwa opened up about facing criticism for her new look and how she’s pushing forward. “It’s been fun. It’s been criticized, that’s for sure,” she told E! News on the carpet.

“People are afraid of things they don’t know. Things can be scary for people. New things can be very, very scary,” she added. “But I think that creating art is such a special, special thing, and I’m very lucky that I’m one of the people in the world that gets to create art.”

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer​​, from celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. 

JoJo Siwa at the GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills in March 2024.

Steven Simione/WireImage

Simmons, however, isn’t the only star who’s had Siwa’s back as she prepares to launch a new era. “Honestly, the way that I’m able to keep going and keep being like, ‘Wait, actually, what I’m doing is right,’ is because some of the most respected people in the world have come up to me and been like, ‘What you’re doing right now is so right. It is so right. It’s what the world needs. I’m learning from what you’re doing right now.’ That’s crazy to me,” she said.

“I heard that from Lil Nas X yesterday. I heard it from Meghan Trainor a few weeks ago,” continued Siwa. “It blows my mind.”

Taylor Swift fans surprised by apparent Matty Healy songs on ‘TTPD’ album leak

Taylor Swift fans were surprised to learn that her upcoming album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” seemingly references her problematic former ...

‘The Circle’ Producers on Adding AI Max to Netflix Show as First Bot Contestant (Exclusive)

The Circle is taking the concept of catfishing to a whole new level.  Season 6 of the reality TV social ...

Dhawan out, Punjab won the toss and chose to bowl; You will be surprised to see the playing eleven

PBKS vs MI: Punjab Kings captain Sam Curran has decided to bowl after winning the toss. There have been 2 ...

Why Taylor Swift fans think this song from the ‘TTPD’ leak is about Travis Kelce

Taylor Swift’s forthcoming album, “The Tortured Poet’s Department,” was allegedly leaked ahead of its scheduled drop on Friday — and ...

Idris Elba’s Son Winston, 10, ‘Loves Recognizing’ Dad’s Voice in ‘Knuckles’

Idris Elba's new role is proving to be a hit with his son. While speaking to Entertainment Tonight about his ...

‘The Jinx’ Editor Describes Moment She Discovered Robert Durst’s Confession

The filmmakers behind The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst described their reaction to the moment they discovered ...

Surya's strong half-century, Mumbai set the target of 193 runs for Punjab

PBKS vs MI: After losing the toss, Mumbai Indians have scored 192 runs in the match against Punjab Kings. Shikhar ...

Leonardo DiCaprio Met with Zack Snyder About ‘Batman v Superman’ Role

Leonardo DiCaprio has never strayed into making comic book movies — but that does not mean he has never thought ...

Beyoncé Sends South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley Flowers After NCAA Title Win

Dawn Staley is getting her flowers — including from the “Queen,” herself.On Wednesday, the South Carolina women’s basketball coach shared ...

These are reportedly Travis Kelce’s favorite songs on Taylor Swift’s new album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

Travis Kelce has reportedly listened to all the tracks on girlfriend Taylor Swift’s new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” ahead ...

Leave a Comment