Lenny Kravitz: ‘It’s a beautiful thing to really realize what you don’t need’


This Men’s Health cover is the reason why A) I want bellbottoms to come back, B) I want big, wide belts with crazy buckles to come back and C) I honestly can’t believe the STATE of Lenny Kravitz at the age of 56. What 56-year-old man looks like this?? It’s beyond fine, it’s beyond “handsome” or “ripped.” Lenny Kravitz is a state of grace! Lenny is promoting his new memoir called Let Love Rule. It’s a meditation on his early days, trying to find his way into mainstream music success, and meeting and falling for Lisa Bonet and more. The whole Men’s Health piece is incredible too – he talks about staying in his home in Eleuthera throughout the pandemic/lockdown and how he’s been staying sane (working out using nature, farming). Some highlights:

Deciding to go to his place Eleuthera in early March: He landed in the islands with a few pairs of jeans in a weekend bag. “And I’ve been living out of this weekend bag for almost five and a half months….When I’m here, I pretty much live that way anyway. It’s a beautiful thing to really realize what you don’t need. If I have to stay here another five months, five years, I’m good.”

His workouts: “My best shape is not behind me. It’s in front of me right now. We keep moving that bar as we get older.” He’s found trails on his property, runs through the bush on grass and dirt. “That’s been my cardio and then I moved some hand weights over next to a coconut tree that basically comes out of the ground sideways, so that’s now my bench, and I lift weights on this coconut tree. I’m doing a complete jungle workout.”

On racism, police brutality: “I’ve been talking about this stuff. I would have thought we’d be in such a better place than we are now. That we would have evolved. Not that it would have been anything close to perfect.”

Fidelity. “There were times in my life where that was very difficult, and I didn’t understand why. I love my father, and we made peace before he died, but I held on to some things that had affected me in our relationship, and through writing the book . . . I was able to strip away some of the judgment that I had held on to and got to just see him as a human being.”

Falling for Lisa Bonet: “It was the first time I’d opened up like that, and had known love like that, and freedom. And watching her do what she did, how she maneuvered, in her artistic life—it was that last thing I needed, on this road. This sound, this message, this movement that I was looking for—I heard it in my head. That’s the way I still work to this day. I wait until I hear it in my head. That takes my ego out of it. It may not be what you thought you were looking for, but it’s what you get.”

On his daughter: He and Bonet divorced in 1993, when Zoë was four; she grew up primarily with Bonet in L. A., then moved to Miami at 11 to live with her rock-star father. Kravitz says his daughter has grown up to be “the most real person I know,” noting that her path to independent success as an actress and producer can’t have been easy. “Just having two parents who were known in the world. The comparisons. She didn’t let any of that hinder her in any way.”

He loves Lisa’s husband, Jason Momoa. “People can’t believe how tight Jason and I are, or how tight I still am with Zoë’s mom, how we all relate. We just do it because that’s what you do. You let love rule, right? I mean, obviously, after a breakup, it’s work—it takes some work and time, healing and reflection, et cetera. But as far as Jason and I? Literally the moment we met, we were like, ‘Oh, yeah. I love this dude.’”

[From Men’s Health]

Lisa Bonet really did a number on Lenny AND Jason. She was and is their dream girl. That’s what bonds Lenny and Jason too – they are alike in the way they see Lisa and the kids. It wouldn’t even surprise me to learn that Lenny was tight with Lisa and Jason’s kids too. They really are a big messy family and they all love each other so much. It’s so beautiful! Anyway, Lenny is gorgeous, inside and out. Imagine riding out the pandemic in a beach paradise alone with him. Sweet Jesus.

Cover and IG courtesy of Men’s Health.

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  1. Joanna says:

    Thank you so much for the article on my future husband *packing bags, booking a flight to Miami* surely it’s time for him to ravage, I mean date, a basic white girl. It’s my time baby. I’m on my way!

    • AnnaKist says:

      Well, since we have the same name, I could impersonate you and get to him first. Or we might just have to … umm … fight it out, you and me. Winner take all.
      I decree that Mr Lenny Kravitz henceforth be the yardstick by which all human males shall measured. Keep calm, everyone. There are going to be a lot of lonely, angry men, who won’t have a clue why.

  2. VS says:

    He is a fine fine man! It is so great to see divorced parents getting along so well instead tearing each other apart

  3. Lightpurple says:

    Thank you. I really needed this today.

    • Vava says:

      Oh, I sure did, too. What a great article!! Love Lenny and how he relates to the entire extended family. Truly inspirational!

  4. Mrs. Smith says:

    I won’t retell the whole story since I’ve posted about it before. But! I saw him in person in a hotel lobby once. He’s breathtaking.

    • Joanna says:

      Please retell!

      • Mrs. Smith says:

        @joanna Haha—if you insist! I was working at a summer music event in Nashville a few years ago. It was about 1 million degrees and I was a sweaty mess. I walked into the Hilton at 4th & Broadway to pick some work items and there he was! He was walking out as I passed him. I said good morning and he said it back!! Swoon. I’m sad to say that I was wearing a ratty tank top, a sun visor and some grubby shorts and sneakers. He looked amazing and totally put together.

      • Joanna says:

        Thanks Mrs Smith!

  5. Lulu says:

    Once I watched an interview of his on the Graham Norton Show. Hugh Grant, who’s about the same age I think, was also there. When Graham Norton showed a picture of Kravits’s abs and asked something along the lines of, “how do you stay in such an astounding shape at 50?”, Hugh Grant immediately quipped, with the straightest face: “Well I find it quite easy, actually”. It was so hilarious and quick-witted, I still remember it years later.

  6. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    He looks 30! Wow.

  7. Dazed and confused says:


  8. Kyla says:

    Good lord, he’s a beautiful man!

    One negative, I don’t care for any celebrity (especially when one of their homes was not so long ago featured in Architectural Digest – it was a massive and stunning farm in Brazil) telling the world, from another one of their homes, that they realized how little they really need to get by.

    • Maribella says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Pisses me off.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      Agree. He is so damn fine AND, when it comes to talking about how little he needs he’s tone deaf.

    • CityGirl says:

      I’ve been crushing on for my whole life – but yes I have to agree and please let us not forget about his “townhouse/mansion” in Paris….
      That being said , i’d happily keep him company at any of his homes.

    • Sarah says:

      I had the same thought. He’s a very wealthy man who can pretend he has nothing but when he gets bored he can be on a plane and back in one of his real homes within a day or two.

  9. Sarah says:

    There is nothing I’m not enjoying about this story. Thank you for bringing this into my life right now, we all need a break from the horrors and for me this is it!

  10. manda says:

    I am so with you on bellbottoms! I was just talking about my love of super flares this morning. They are definitely out there, I feel like Hudson had some white ones this summer that were constantly sold out. Free People always has crazy ones, and then also some normal ones too

    I love Lenny, and the Kravitzes in general (that is, I love Zoe Kravitz, too!) and I love Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa. I would be thrilled to somehow find myself in that family

  11. Bettyrose says:

    Man, Lisa Bonet tamed two of the finest male specimens ever. They’re both amazing guys but creating a peaceful loving blended family like that says woman’s touch to me. I am fascinated by Zoe … Or rather her husband because gdamn that’s a lot to live up to.

    • Watson says:

      Lisa bonet is one lucky lady for sure!! To bag two of the hottest dudes ever? I wanna stand up and applaud her.

      • Also Ali says:

        Lisa Bonet is one of the most beautiful women ever and she seems to be a well rounded person with a good heart and brain, so yeah, good on these men for landing her.

      • Bettyrose says:

        Ali, the dudes seem to agree that they’re the lucky ones.

  12. Sara says:

    I don’t get it. Sure, he’s incredibly good looking, but what else? I’ve seen him only in the Hunger games and his acting was not great. Does he still make good music?

  13. Gorgonia says:

    He is one of the most handsome men in the world (he is 56 and I’m 53, he looks as he was my son). I think he is a very beautiful people, too, the proof decent men exist. Such a shame there aren’t many of them.

  14. Josie says:

    Thank you for this article. I’ve always loved his music and I can’t wait to read his book!

  15. TeamMeg says:


  16. Bohemian Angel says:

    I love this man. I got a tattoo 25 years ago dedicated to him, maybe one day I can show it to him…. 😋
    He’s so beautiful…. swoon.

  17. Lissdogmom02 says:

    Happy Sunday 😍😍
    I follow him on Instagram and when he posted this picture Zoe response was, “Dad” lol
    He’s so amazing.
    Lisa Bonet is a goddess & it shows in her life & the people around her, I’m so glad they all get on so well it’s nice to see.
    This is a nice Sunday treat, thanks 😊

  18. LoonaticCap says:

    I never met him but I worked with his doppelganger for 3 years (just not fit or a musician, but total dead ringer).
    Whem I met him he even still had big locks like Lenny and had those ray bans that just made him look like his long lost twin.

    He’s the best. So hot. (Lenny not my former boss BTW) 🤣🤣🤣

  19. april says:

    Lenny and Jason seem to have the same emotional makeup. Love their kindness and thoughtfulness towards themselves and others. It would be so cool to have Lenny as your friend and have deep conversations.

  20. emu says:

    I get it, Lisa Bonet is my dream girl too

  21. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Look at him. Seriously. Just look at that. What is he? Bow chicka wow wow.

  22. Bluesemi says:

    Read some comments/blinds suggesting Jason and Lisa have an open thing going on. These celeb romances are rarely how they seem to us, through the lens set up by PR teams. However, will say Lenny looks fantastic and very healthy. Good for him but I personally couldn’t do a whole year of raw eating though I like eating healthfully.

  23. Leah says:

    I think my ovaries just grew back.

  24. Jelly says:

    I love Lenny and joke that I would leave my husband for him. I read the book and enjoyed it. I always pictured Lenny as the epitome of ease and cool, but he really had to hustle in the beginning and his authentic chill vibe crystallized when he was with Lisa. She definitely was his muse who marked him for life. Read let love rule! It’s got a lot to say about embracing positivity and letting pettiness go….

  25. Harper says:

    It’s easy to not need “things” when you’re rich enough to spend the lockdown on your private “place” in the Bahamas. That said, he’s a beautiful man.

  26. Sansevieria says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting him once when I was a lowly radio intern. He was SO INCREDIBLY NICE. He took time to talk to each and every one of us and shook hands with all of us (“Hi, I’m Lenny.”). The most chill, amazing guy I met in that world.