Everything you need to know about Nikki Sixx, the Mötley Crüe bassist

11 December 2019, 06:00 | Updated: 11 December 2019, 12:02

Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe in Los Angeles, April 1997
Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe in Los Angeles, April 1997. Picture: Markus Cuff/Getty Images

Mötley Crüe's bassist and co-founder, Nikki Sixx, is arguably the essence of rock 'n' roll - leading a life fuelled by drugs, sex and excess.

Mötley Crüe's bassist and co-founder, Nikki Sixx, is arguably the essence of rock 'n' roll - leading a life fuelled by drugs, sex and excess. Netflix had a huge hit in 2019 with the Crüe biopic The Dirt - but how much of the story was true?

Who is Nikki Sixx?

Nikki was born Frank Carlton Serfino Feranna on 11 December, 1958.

Inheriting his name from his father - whom abandoned him as a child - Frank soon renounced the name and officially changed it to Nikki Sixx in 1978.

While he was raised by his mother Deanna Richards, Nikki's relationship with his mum was somewhat tumultuous; he moved in with his paternal grandparents when his mum left him, resorting to vandalism, shoplifting and selling drugs.

At the age of 17, Sixx moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in music.

He auditioned for many bands and was a member of Sister, before co-founding what is now one of the world's most successful rock bands, Mötley Crüe.

Nikki Sixx and Courtney Sixx attend the Premiere Of Netflix&squot;s "The Dirt" at ArcLight Hollywood on March 18, 2019 in Hollywood, California
Nikki Sixx and Courtney Sixx attend the Premiere Of Netflix's "The Dirt" at ArcLight Hollywood on March 18, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Picture: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Who has Nikki Sixx been married to and how many kids does he have?

Nikki wedded his first wife and Playboy Playmate, Brandi Brandt, in 1989.

The pair were married until 1996, and they share three children; Gunner (born in 1991), Storm (born in 1994), and Decker (born in 1995).

Just a month after Nikki got divorced from Brandi, he married his second wife - another Playboy Playmate - Donna D'Errico.

Nikki and Donna's daughter Frankie Jean was born in 2001.

Despite several attempts to reconcile their marriage, D'Errico filed for divorce in 2006.

Nikki Sixx was also romantically tied to tattoo artist, Kat Von D, between 2008-2010.

During a holiday to St Barts, Nikki then proposed to then girlfriend Courtney Bingham.

The couple have been married since 15th March, 2014, and she's currently pregnant with Nikki's baby.

Is The Dirt on Netflix?

Netflix launched the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt on 22nd March, 2019, and it's now available to stream.

The film, based on the band's memoir of the same name, explores the rock'n'roll lifestyle of the members - and the tragic events that materialised as a consequence.

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Motley Crue in March 1984. Picture: Ross Marino/Getty Images

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