Rocker Lenny Kravitz is known for his chic and sexy fashion sense, his effortless, masculine songs and his former marriage to Cosby Show star Lisa Bonet.
But little do many know that Lenny also would “spend days getting high” when first started in the industry.
Years later, Lenny is clean and sober today in part thanks to his daughter. When actress Zoe Kravitz was just 11-years-old she moved into her father’s home. Because of his new “roommate,” Zoe’s mere presence was the best thing that could have happened to him.
“I had to surround myself with energy and chaos and excitement and conflict,” Lenny Kravitz tells Men’s Journal of his drug and alcohol abusing past. “For a bit I was high all the time, just medicating... I suppose that was so I didn’t have to feel certain things.”
Zoe Kravitz, now a 33-year-old is an accomplished actress, model and inspiration, had a positive effect on her dad literally changing, and in some sense, saving his life.
“It was the best thing that happened. I had to change my life,” says Lenny. “I was in the middle of my craziness. I had to focus, and I wanted to focus, but all of a sudden, here it was. I began to slowly change my life. If that hadn’t happened, I don’t know where I’d be now.”
When asked about how he manages to deal with her dating possible guys like how he was, Lenny doesn’t shy away.
“She learned the game [from me], so people have to learn to deal with her,” explains Kravitz. “She is my very best friend. Even if she wasn’t my child, I would still love her.”
Earlier in 2022, Kravitz posted two photos on Instagram to mark his daughter’s “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut.
In the first photo, the father-daughter duo posed side-by-side. Kravitz had his arm slung around his daughter’s shoulder, holding a single white rose. While Zoë smiled wide for the camera, her dad gave her a kiss on the temple. In the second photo, the stylish pair held hands as they walked around backstage at the show.
“To see you shine in the same building where your grandparents met and worked was surreal,” Kravitz wrote in the caption. “You were perfection. I love you endlessly.”
Zoë’s grandparents are the late Sy Kravitz and Roxie Roker, who both met at New York City’s Rockefeller Center, at 30 Rockefeller Plaza more specifically.
Sy Kravitz was an assignment editor for NBC News at the time while Roxie Roker was a secretary, though she is best remembered today for her role as Helen Willis in “The Jeffersons.”
As he’s pushing 60 soon, what keeps this Lenny’s body so tight and right? Find out on the next page…