Kerrang! magazine (web site) recently spoke to H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo about some of the dark rumors that have surrounded him of late. In February he spent a night in a Helsinki jail after allegedly threatening to kill his neighbor. Prior to that he was drugged and robbed in a Minneapolis bar, raising question marks — however unjustified — over the company he was keeping. His home life has been no less eventful. In October 2005 he sustained a punctured eardrum during an impassioned argument with his fiancée Jonna Nygren (note: A Finnish tabloid reported last week that Ville and Jonna have now broken off their engagement). A couple of excerpts from the Kerrang! interview follow:
Kerrang!: Tell me about the night you were drugged. How much of it do you remember?
Ville: "We had a night off and I went out drinking. This random dude said, 'Let's go to a bar,' so I followed him. It was an R&B kind of place. I remember they were playing 50 CENT. Next thing I know, I'm waking up in a dirty little brothel. The guy had taken £200 from me."
Kerrang!: Thank God nothing worse happened.
Ville: "Well, I know I wasn't raped. But I was really shaken up for a couple of days. It was like the worst hangover of my life. Shaken and… disturbed. I don't know what drug this guy put in my drink. Do they have Rohypnol in America? It could have been a lot worse. At least I didn't wake up in a bath full of ice with my liver missing…"
Kerrang!: These allegations about you attacking someone in Finland. What was that about?
Ville: "[Long sigh] I'm still going through legal proceedings, so I have to be really careful what I say about this. It was like a bar fight. You know, when you're pissed off with somebody and you're being stupid and insecure and a fucking twat."
Kerrang!: How did it start?
Ville: "I heard through a really reliable source that a neighbor had been saying stuff about me and my fiancée, calling us junkies, worthless pieces of shit, stuff like that. I was really drunk and so tired from all the touring. Going back home and hearing that… out of drunken madness I went down, kicked the door in and punched that fellow in the face. And punched him again. There was a vase by the door and I threw it, smashed it into pieces.
"It was so ridiculous. He was saying we were doing lots of drugs and having noisy parties. I don't even have a stereo! There's also the possibility that I was just being a drunken bastard. All the gruesome details will come out eventually. It was wrong of me. I'm not a violent person but everybody's got a breaking point. I was stressed out and I didn't feel I could resolve that situation in a verbal way."
Kerrang!: People were shocked because it seemed so out of character.
Ville: "[Wearily] Things are not necessarily so good back at home when you're wiped out. When you're… done, on various levels, and suffering from writer's block. I was also suffering from insomnia, which I've never had before. I was sleeping an hour a night for eight weeks. But I don't want to make that mistake again. I'd rather slash people with words."