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'I didn’t let it destroy me': the fleeting moment that changed Cherie Currie's life

By Jane Rocca

September 19, 2020 — 9.02pm

Cherie Currie. Occupation Musician. Age 60 Relationship status Single. Best known as Lead vocalist of the Runaways. Currently Narrating her autobiography, Neon Angel.

My paternal grandfather, Don Currie, had a stroke when my twin sister, Marie, and I were four years old. He was a Golden Gloves boxer and taught my brother Don how to box when he was two

My dad, also Don Currie, was a great singer; he even had Bing Crosby’s brother Bob try to convince him to make a record, but Dad turned him down. He had a voice like Dean Martin and when I had the opportunity to join the Runaways in 1975, he was supportive because he knew he missed out on an opportunity to sing.

Dad was a sergeant in the Marine Corps in World War II, which totally affected his mental health. He witnessed a lot of battles and it led to his alcoholism. He died at 62. Back then there was no name for post-traumatic stress disorder, but that’s what he suffered from. He was a loving man and the best dad I could have asked for.

My paternal grandfather, Don Currie, had a stroke when my twin sister, Marie, and I were four years old. He was a Golden Gloves boxer and taught my brother Don how to box when he was two

My dad, also Don Currie, was a great singer; he even had Bing Crosby’s brother Bob try to convince him to make a record, but Dad turned him down. He had a voice like Dean Martin and when I had the opportunity to join the Runaways in 1975, he was supportive because he knew he missed out on an opportunity to sing.

Dad was a sergeant in the Marine Corps in World War II, which totally affected his mental health. He witnessed a lot of battles and it led to his alcoholism. He died at 62. Back then there was no name for post-traumatic stress disorder, but that’s what he suffered from. He was a loving man and the best dad I could have asked for.

The Runaways’ manager, Kim Fowley, treated us harshly. At 16, I didn’t understand the verbal abuse but I guess he was trying to toughen us up because he knew what was out there.

I was kidnapped in Texas in the 1980s. It was a brutal experience. According to my kidnapper, six other women didn’t survive – he murdered them all. Knowing that a higher power had dealt me a different hand helped me handle what had happened. It was a fleeting moment that changed my life but I didn’t let it destroy me.

I married Bob [actor Robert Hays] a few months after I started dating him in 1990 and got pregnant with our son, Jake, on our honeymoon. We stayed together until 1997.

I give everything in a relationship and tend to lose myself in them, too. I was the kind of person who went straight from one relationship to another. I was never alone. I have been single for 10 years now and I love it.

Men can be dominating and a little jealous about me being a performer; it’s one of the reasons I stopped dating.

My relationship with my son, Jake, who’s now 30, is the best relationship I have had with a man in my life. He’s an actor and musician who picked up the guitar at 13 and never put it down. He is one of the kindest and most gentle men I know.

Cherie Currie’s album, Blvds of Splendor, is out now.