Metal queen Lita Ford is in the middle of divorcing her husband of 16 years, former Nitro singer Jim Gillette, and they are fighting over custody of their two sons. In a recent interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Lita talked about the reasons behind the divorce and her concerns for her children.
In 2009 the guitarist released Wicked Wonderland, her first studio album in 15 years. It was a collaboration with Gillette, and the couple was negotiating a reality TV show with TLC. She told Jeb Wright that she went to Los Angeles for ten days of meetings, and when she came home everything seemed wrong. “I was very excited about what was going on. I was gone for ten days, and when I came back home, everything changed,” Lita recounted. “My kids wouldn’t talk to me and my husband wasn’t talking to me.”
Then, Ford said, things went from bad to worse. “My kids got coaxed into attacking me. My husband coaxed them into actually attacking me. They literally jumped on my back and tried to say that I did it,” she claimed. “I didn’t do it. I am not a kid beater. I have never hurt a child in my life and I never would. No matter what they would do to me, I would never hurt them. He coaxed them on. I got attacked by my own kids. I thought, ‘I’ll be damned if I will put this on national television.'”
Ford decided to pull the plug on the show. “You can’t do a family reality show when you don’t have a family,” she observed. “I am now trying to make a record and I am trying to fight for my kids’ lives. They really are brainwashed.”
Lita told Wright that she had become afraid of Gillette, who is a bodybuilder and martial artist. “Yes, he’s big and yes, he’s scary and it is real,” she said. “There is nothing phony about him at all and I don’t like it. When you’re that big, and you’re that scary, then you need to pick on somebody your own size.
“I wanted to get a divorce because he was hurting me,” Ford continued. “You see how big he is; it’s not right. I got an attorney and I asked her, ‘How do I get out of the house?’ She said, ‘Wait until there is nobody around and then get your stuff and get out.’ I said, ‘I can’t leave my kids.’ I don’t know why, or how the hell he knew, but he knew I was going to try and take my kids and he wouldn’t let them out of his sight. He changed them. I don’t know what he said to them but right now my kids are scared to death of me.”
The guitarist is currently working on an album she plans to call The Healing, and she promises fans that unlike Wicked Wonderland, it will be a real Lita Ford album. “I have been writing a lot of songs,” she said. “I have a song called ‘Patience’ and I have another one called ‘Love to Hate You.’ It is all going to come out on the next album. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to it in a lot of different ways. People that have lost their job, their marriage or maybe they lost a loved one in a car accident, they will all relate to it. I think music can be a universal language. That is what I mean by a real Lita album.”