Rock bassist Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe has reportedly joined the exodus of prominent figures, businesses, and over 75,000 people leaving the repressive, single-party system of California in the rear-view mirror.
Sixx, 65, departed the state with his wife and children in 2020 and landed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The revelation of this publicly came to light in a recent interview that showed Sixx and his family explaining they couldn’t be happier. Sixx, also known as Frank Feranna, Jr., was born and raised in San Jose, CA and made quite the reputation for himself in the 80s rock scene but has reportedly found peace for himself and his family in the mountains.
The author of The Heroin Diaries told People Magazine, that the outdoor living in Wyoming agrees with him,
“It just really clears our head and allows us to reset. We spend a lot of time outside. I mean, the whole point of being here is to really be outside whether you’re into skiing or fishing or hiking or being up on the lakes or snowmobiling.”
“And it’s very social here, so it’s fantastic for us,” he added, noting the friendly, like-mindedness of the town. “I wake up and I’m like, ‘I can’t think of a place I’d rather be.’ And to be able to still be creative at 65 and have a wonderful family and be surrounded by good friends. I’m very grateful.”
The Ferannas have become known in Jackson’s Hole for their philanthropy with Sixx and his wife Courtney serving as board members of the Jackson Hole International Film Festival. “We love the idea of bringing arts and culture to Jackson,” Sixx told People. “We’ve been talking about this for the last year and a half or so, it’s been in motion. There’s a lot of really fantastic people involved.”
“I felt like my journey took me back to a place where I can go fishing and see the mountains. And then one day, my wife was like, ‘Why are we still here in California? This is a better place to raise our daughter.’We find ourselves coming down to Los Angeles to see friends.But then we are happy to go back home. And we spend 95% of our time in Wyoming. It’s home.”
As recently as Friday, The Washington Free Beacon reported that California lost over 75,000 people net despite a massive influx of over 126,000 immigrants. California GOP chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson told the outlet, “People are fleeing our state in droves. While the red states [that Democratic governor Gavin] Newsom loves to hate continue to grow in population, California’s sky-high cost of living, surging crime, homeless crisis, and failing schools aren’t a very compelling case for why people should stay here.”