Lenny Kravitz: ‘I don’t see myself as cool. I was not the guy getting the girls’

Lenny Kravitz

Here’s a photo of Lenny Kravitz snuggling up to Salma Hayek at Paris fashion week. Lenny’s wearing his magnificent gold boots that are his favorite lately. (He wore the boots to perform for Letterman last week.) Francois Pinault (just outside the frame) must be the most secure husband in the world to let the most sensual man in the world touch his wife.

Lenny oozes raw appeal, and he’s promoting his new album, Strut. He’s done several interviews, and I’m going to highlight a few of them here. Starting with a quick mention of The Telegraph’s silly headline: “Jennifer Lawrence inspired album, says Lenny Kravitz.” This must be the clickbaitiest headline of the month. What Lenny actually says is that he wasn’t planning on writing a new album for years. He wanted to concentrate on acting instead. He had downtime during The Hunger Games and spontaneously decided to write some songs. The music “just poured out of him.”

Lenny did a “This Much I Know” feature for The Guardian, which came out really well. Lots of lovely little tidbits here:

Growing up, I had no knowledge of prejudice. My father is Russian Jewish, my mother is from the Bahamas. I was raised in both the Brooklyn hood and the Upper East Side, in Christianity and Judaism. It was the road map for my life.

I grew up around Miles Davis, Maya Angelou and Nina Simone. This was New York in the late 60s and my mum was a hugely respected theatre artist. Everyone hung out at our house.

Profound moments can start at an early age. I remember being at my grandmother’s house and a balloon I was playing with slipped out of my hand and floated into the sky. It was the first thing that left me and was never coming back.

I miss my dreadlocks. I see old pictures and think: “Damn, why did I cut them?” But change is healthy.

Learn your craft, whatever it is. Today everybody tries shortcuts, always choosing instant gratification. It doesn’t work that way — it’s about building a solid foundation.

Sex is best when it’s rooted in love and commitment, but it’s always powerful.

I was scared of my father. He was a former Green Beret, and a heavy disciplinarian. But as you get older you soften, and later on in life we got close.

There comes a point in any relationship where you’re tired of it, or bored, imagining things better or different. That’s when the work comes in. Devotion is willingness to work, to grow something.

I don’t cry much. I internally process things. But when I put down my dog, Otis, because his heart was too big, oh man, I lost it more than I do for people.

It’s a privilege to become a parent. My daughter [actor and singer Zoe Kravitz] is my best friend. If we’re not together we’re on the phone several times a day. I’m so proud of the human being she’s become.

I don’t think about being a sex symbol or being “cool.” At school I was not the guy getting the girls, believe me. And I don’t see myself as cool. Generally I’m goofy and ridiculous.

[From The Guardian]

Damn, the balloon quote hits hard. I still remember the little red balloon my daughter lost to the wind when she was 4 years old. She watched it disappear into the sky and wept bitterly. My dad felt so bad that he went and bought her another balloon that evening. The part about his dog was a hard read too. Lenny’s answer is a simple one, but he infuses his words with so much emotion. By the way, I don’t believe that he’s not “cool.” He’s the coolest of the cool. He can wear a hallway rug as a scarf and still look cool. Lenny is fooling nobody with this “uncool” talk.

Lenny also sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss the new album. He takes the journo on a walk through his old Brooklyn neighborhood. Lenny raves about the cherry cheesecake of his youth. Then he watches Zoe at a gig with her band. Anne Hathaway shows up and fangirls Zoe. It’s pretty cute. Lenny reflects, “That is the life I lead. All these contrasts.

Back to fashion week pics. Seriously, Salma Hayek must be made of steel.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet & WENN

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  1. Megan says:

    Would I dump my billionaire husband for Lenny Kravitz … Oh hell yes!

  2. Kiddo says:

    He seems like a really thoughtful person. It’s refreshing.

  3. LadyMTL says:

    Oh Lenny, if you’re uncool then there’s absolutely no hope for the rest of us. His uncool is still 1000 times cooler than average.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Right? And he’s very handsome – I’m not buying the comment about the girls. I mean, maybe that’s how it seemed to him, but I would have been all over that.

      • GiGi says:

        See my comment below… you can’t even get close to that… Lord knows I tried, lol! He always would position himself the farthest (furthest? idk.) away from the crowd and then have 5-10 friends all around… totally closed off. I managed a chat a time or two, but you know when people are just not open to meeting new people? He was like that.

  4. Jayna says:

    Love me some Lenny. He did a long interview on Howard Stern. I loved it. One of the few guys doing classic rock, which is a dying breed. I’m not a big classic rock fan he does it with a funkalicious twist. I heard a few of the songs and they sound good.

  5. Angie says:

    God, that man. Have you seen the video clip of “The chamber”? Omg I think I have already seen it a hundred time, he is so hot! You wonder how Salma stayed cool, but I’m more curious how the model in the clip was able to shoot a video like that with Lenny. If she just remained professional, the girl need a medal. XD
    I thought it was cute that Anne Hathaway went too see Zoe’s concert and then Lenny was so proud of it. Adorable.

  6. Nev says:

    the new song is really kool…..yes Lenny!!!!

  7. Leftovers says:

    So, that bloke in the last photo… was he the inspiration for Sideshow Bob?

  8. Audrey says:

    Oh Lenny. Sigh.

    Come to me

  9. Alexandra says:

    I wish everybody could be this “uncool”…

  10. GiGi says:

    When I lived in Miami, Lenny frequented some of the same places I did. And he never, ever, ever was one of these guys with girls hanging all over him. He always just had a group of friends around him and I always got the impression that he was pretty reserved. He was never out of hand – just a nice, quiet man… and he’s very tiny… like Prince tiny. But still so, so hot!

  11. LAK says:

    Salma’s husband is very, very secure. She’s not going anywhere. #ATM husband.

  12. Tiffany says:

    You know what Lenny. I’ll take one for the team. Even though you are uncool, I will go out with you.

  13. Jaderu says:

    I tried to read the text for this. I swear I did. Oh my…mmmmmmm

  14. Jayna says:

    I just don’t believe he was ever not cool. He grew up in NY in the early years, and when his famous actress mother got a role, they moved to California. He told Howard Stern it was a shock at first. As kids even, he and his friends road buses, subways, very self-sufficient in New York. It was at first isolating, no people on the street in California, living there and going to school. But he found his groove. He fell into the surfing crowd, skateboard (I think) crowd, where he found his hippy zen roots, and it’s where he discovered his love for classic rock and roll.

    • Betty says:

      Yes, I agree. It seems like hot celebrities feel compelled to say how uncool they used to be. I believe that he doesn’t necessarily feel like a “sex symbol,” but he looks cool and has dressed and presented himself in that way for more than 20 years. He got with Lisa Bonet when he was barely out of his teens. I would imagine he had some amount of “game” to pull that off.

  15. Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

    Told my bf that if Lenny asked, I’m sorry, but I would be having sex with him. My bf said that it was ok because if Lenny asked him, he’d probably do it too.

    Hear that guys? I can theoretcally have sex with Lenny Kravitz! This is the best day.

  16. ToodySezHey says:

    Lenni is beautiful but…Dude is like 5’7 and fey…he doesn’t do it for me but I sure do like staring at him

    That said…I know it was a long time ago but it’s hard for me to take his relationship advice or anecdotes seriously…This is the man who wrecked his marriage to Lisa Bonet by screwing everything in a skirt while on tour. Neneh Cherry wrote a song about it(Buddy X) and put him on blast.

    Maybe he is different now but, if you can cheat on your so called soulmate….

    • Size Does Matter says:

      5’7″ does not work for me. Not even for Lenny Kravitz. I would look like a giant next to him.

      Also, is it me or does Salma (Selma?) look somewhat uncomfortable in these photos?

      • Kiddo says:

        You do live by your name.

      • Size Does Matter says:

        Size Does Matter speaks the truth, in more ways than one. If I do say so myself.

        Lenny is totally cool, but when naked I have no desire to be the biggest person in the room.

  17. JM says:

    Lenny has been on my “free list” for all 20 years I’ve been with my husband. The man is the epitome of cool and like him, I miss his dreads too.

  18. serena says:

    He’s so cool! Damn, the more I read or see him the more I’d jump on him any second!

    ps he’s a vampire too

  19. Coconut says:

    Thank you for this long overdue post on LK!

    If you haven’t done so already, listen to “sex” and “dirty white boots” off the new album. They’ll get your juices flowing!

  20. Marty says:

    I still can’t believe he’s 50, his face and body are INSANE!

  21. maddelina says:

    Soooo cool!

  22. Karen says:

    More Lenny Kravitz and photos, all the time. That’s all I’ve got.

  23. kri says:

    Oh universe, thank you for creating Lenny. Holy Pantyshaker!!!! He is just.

  24. Eileen says:

    Didn’t he and Nicole Kidman have a relationship after Tom and before Keith? I think I remember hearing they were engaged then it ended? Any how I find him cool. Seems like a great guy to hang out with.

    • Chicagogurl says:

      Short lived but yes. He also dated Vanessa paradis for I think 2 years before she was with depp

      • Bridget says:

        Not that short lived… they kept it super, super quiet and were actually pretty serious. And then they broke up and she immediately ended up with Urban.

  25. Lucy says:

    Good Lord, he’s wonderful.

  26. Amy says:

    Proclaims the man wearing aviator shades, tight leather pants, a bedazzled blazer, and gold shoes! But it is Fashion Week. Always found this man super attractive and very low-key. Isn’t there a video of him somewhere on Youtube of him running into a bunch of people singing his songs in New Orleans so he decides to surprise them by showing up and singing along with them? That video made me forever a fan. Can’t think of many famous artists who would go spontaneously jam with some people on the street.

    Update: Found the video! It’s pretty awesome. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBgZNINN6MU

  27. Naddie says:

    I’m surprised, didn’t expect deepness from him at all. Like someone said, he sounds intelingent without being self-absorbed.
    But, I’m tired of celebrities claiming how uncool, goofy they were, it’s ridiculous. The man makes sexy poses and shows off his six pack all the way and… doesn’t think he’s sexy? Give me a break, please.

  28. snowflake says:

    more lenny, please! yum yum yum