Lenny Kravitz Covers November Issue of Men’s Health

Posted on October 01, 2020

Lenny Kravitz, 56-year-old rock God, covers the November issue of Men’s Health, on-stands October 20. Inside, he opens up about his heroes – including daughter Zoë Kravitz – befriending his ex’s new husband Jason Momoa, and how writing his upcoming book became “an enormous therapy session” for the musician.

 

 

On forging friendship with ex Lisa Bonet’s now 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.’”

On the time Kravitz split his leather pants onstage in Stockholm, inadvertently revealing his privates to the crowd and subsequently to the entire Internet: “I don’t even think about it. Y’know, John Lennon was [naked] on the cover of that Two Virgins record. If he could do that, then it’s whatever.”

On his heroes, including daughter Zoë Kravitz: “My mother, my grandfather, and my daughter. Zoë—she’s the most real person I know. It wasn’t easy, I’m sure, but she’s just forged her way with elegance, you know? Just having two parents who were known in the world. The comparisons. She didn’t let any of that hinder her in any way.”

On leaving his Paris home for the Bahamas in early March to wait out COVID-19 for what he thought was a few weeks: “I’ve been living out of this weekend bag for almost five and a half months.”

On COVID restrictions and only being able to leave his Eleuthera property to buy food on certain days: “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.”

On Zoom workouts with his trainer Dodd Romero, who he’s trained with since the late ‘90s: “We always have a goal in front of us. My best shape is not behind me. It’s in front of me right now. We keep moving that bar as we get older.”

On improvising his workouts, running through 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 his favorite cheat meal: “One is the full-on Beyond Burger, with lettuce and avocado and onions and everything. Just a big old nasty burger with hot sauce and ketchup.”

On the secret to looking young: “Your state of mind— that’s so important. Are you living your life doing something you love or doing something you can’t stand?”

On writing about systemic racism since his first album in 1989: “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.”

On turning down big break offers early in his music career, and temporarily rechristening himself as “Romeo Blue”: “I turned things down because my spirit wouldn’t allow me to do it. And I wouldn’t be here now, talking to you, if I had taken those opportunities.”

On his upcoming book – a self-described “enormous therapy session” – and the words his father said to a young Kravitz after cheating on his mother (“you’ll do it too”): “Those four words, man, affected me more than I knew. 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.”

On how ex-wife Lisa Bonet’s creative influence allowed Kravitz to become a more authentic self: “The voice I was looking for, the name, the image, was already there. 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.”

 

[Photo Credit: Mark Seliger for Men’s Health Magazine]

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