This August marks 25 years together for Shannon Tweed and KISS' Gene Simmons, the "happily unmarried" stars of Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET), now in its third season on A&E. We spoke to the gracious model-actress (and onetime Playboy Playmate of the Year) about the keys to her long relationship.
TV Guide: Twenty-five years. What's the secret?
Shannon Tweed: It's about being strong enough to have your own life. That doesn't mean be a nasty bitch who's loud or bossy; it just means be strong in your own sense of self. You can still be strong and be feminine.
TV Guide: Some people believe your relationship with Gene is an open one....
Tweed: "Open" has never been a word I've described my relationship as. And he has never described our relationship as "open," nor has it ever been "open." He does not have sex with anyone else while we are together. It's a sore spot for me that people think that. Anything that you've ever seen... happened before 1983.
TV Guide: What one thing about Gene would surprise us the most?
Tweed: How soft he is. He's very sweet, and kind of stupid. [Laughs] He can't make a sandwich — but he can make a lot of money.
TV Guide: Would you ever consider posing for Playboy again?
Tweed: If I had a good enough body, I'd do it tomorrow. [Stuff] falls down, though. And you have to go pick it up. [Laughs]
TV Guide: How do you think Playmates today compare to the past?
Tweed: There seems to be a style of girl that is sort of fashionable. I think the style is about to change. It's been so fake-looking for a long time that I think we're due for a revolution of some kind. Maybe some more natural-looking breasts and some natural hair color. [Laughs]
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