PAPA ROACH Frontman Clarifies: He Does Have Herpes, But Not From His Uncle
One of the weirdest stories of the year was the reveal from Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix that he has herpes. Not so much that he gets cold sores, but how he contracted it:
"My first kiss was when my uncle kissed me and he gave me herpes. It was terrible. Anybody else got herpes? Yeah, you do. Don't lie to yourself. I know you got it, you watching this."
Turns out this was all just a big misunderstanding. In the latest issue of Revolver, Shaddix clarifies:
"I was just fuckin' around. I was doing press in a tent full of about a hundred people, and I'd been asked about a hundred retarded questions. So I just started taking the piss out of it and it got picked up as a headline."
He continued: "I do have herpes, but I did not get it from my uncle… I've had it since I was a kid. Just cold sores, know what I'm saying? It sucks, though — I've had it my entire life."
No word on why Shaddix took almost four months to address the headlines but he did add "one thing I've learned is that you've gotta watch what you say in the press. I've been doing this for years, but you get caught slipping one time and it's, 'Oh, god. That's the headline?!'"