Nikki Sixx of the famed heavy metal band Mötley Crüe commands quite the respect in the industry and has been showered in love and praise from fans. 

These were experiences that he likely never got from his biological parents. 

The bassist was abandoned by his dad when he was just three years of age, and his mom followed suit three years hence. 

Nikki Sixx on His Parents

In an interview with The Guardian in 2015, the Mötley Crüe bassist and songwriter opened up about the memory of his parents, or rather the lack thereof. 

Early on in the conversation, he recalled that his mother was a beautiful woman, and his father was this tall and handsome Italian man. 

Going by appearances alone, they appeared to be amazing. But appearances can be deceiving. 

"My dad left when I was three and my mom left when I was six," the bassist confessed. "I remember seeing my dad just once."

At one point, he blamed his mom's erratic behavior for his dad walking out on his family because his experience with her was not particularly good, either. 

Dad Nikki Sixx with his daughter

Nikki Sixx with his daughter (Source: Instagram)

Nikki Sixx's Mother Left Him on the Porch

But then again, she didn't stick around for much longer. 

For Sixx, the most heartbreaking memory he had was that of his mother leaving him. 

She had made a call to his grandparents to ask them to come pick him up, but she couldn't be bothered to wait for them to arrive. 

Instead, she decided to lock the doors and leave him on the porch while he waited for his grandparents to arrive. He told the publication:

She couldn’t wait until my grandparents got there. She left with this guy in a truck. That broke me.

Nikki Sixx Didn't Understand Abandonment

The rocker was a toddler back then, so it is understandable how he didn't know that he was being abandoned at the time because, although his mother had left him, his grandparents were always there. 

His grandfather was a mechanic, and his grandmother a homemaker. Despite them being "very, very poor," they showered him with love that was unconditional and undying.

At times, his mom would call his grandparents. 

"They'd say, 'Hey, your mom's on the phone,'" he recalled, "I'd say, 'Just have her call back,' because I disconnected."

Even as an adult, Sixx never knew for sure if he'd managed to really reconnect with society. 

Nikki Sixx's Mom Wasn't Impressed by His Stardom

Eventually, Sixx found his calling in music and found fame. He made it onto magazine covers, but that was not something that his mother appreciated. 

The distant mother had seen a picture of Sixx in a magazine circa 1988 when she decided to call her son. 

However, instead of showing admiration for the stardom he'd built for himself, she critiqued him on his appearance. 

"What have you done to yourself? You have all those tattoos over your whole arm. Are you going to join a circus?" she mocked.

She even called him a "transvestite," for the way he dressed.

But then again, there was a point where she took credit for giving him the fire to become a musician in the first place. 

Nikki Sixx Didn't See His Mom on Her Deathbed

Later in the interview, he revealed that his dad had died in the '70, his grandmother in the '80s. 

His mother had died fairly recently at the time of the interview, but he couldn't be bothered to go see her on her deathbed. 

"I just don't feel that she deserves it," he confessed, "I could never connect the umbilical cord again. But it's OK. I'm at peace with it."