Shady things you didn't know about Kid Rock

After rapping, singing, and rocking his way to the top of the charts throughout the late '90s and 2000s, Kid Rock earned his title of the self-proclaimed "American Badass," but sometimes he's just…bad. Let's look past the shades, hats, and gold in order to explore Kid Rock's shady side.

His questionable relationship with Pamela Anderson

Marrying Pamela Anderson in and of itself isn't a bad thing. She seems like a great gal! However, Kid Rock was pretty hypocritical about his role in the relationship after they divorced in 2006. "I knew it was a bad career move to get involved with her because your life becomes a circus—because that's what she wants is media attention," he told Rolling Stone in 2007. He also publicly denied claims that Anderson suffered a miscarriage during their relationship. "She's partying at this restaurant, drinking champagne, jumping on the tables," he said of the November 2006 incident. "I'm thinking, 'That's a quick recovery from a miscarriage.'" Yet she's the one who wants media attention, especially after the incident with Tommy Lee, right?

His unsettling relationships with women in general

Kid Rock doesn't seem to mind the fact that he's not exactly a beacon of chivalry. AXS reports that he doesn't use derogatory words towards women onstage much anymore, but that doesn't mean he never does it privately. He told Rolling Stone that he had his son around some unsavory behavior when he was growing up. "I'd be driving the field trip Monday after I [spent the night with], like, four hookers," he said. "Well, not hookers, but, you know, four nice girls on Saturday night in Cincinnati…He knew I was wild. I didn't hide any of that. But it was kind of our dirty little secret together. He saw girls come in and out, which probably wasn't the healthiest thing."

In the same Rolling Stone piece, he described his "black girlfriend" from his teenage years as having "a body like Jessica Rabbit," but says nothing about her personality or character. Surprise!

His violent tendencies

Remember when Kid Rock interrupted Alicia Keys' performance at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards to punch Tommy Lee in the face? After the incident, he told KROQ (via Rolling Stone), "It had absolutely zero to do with [Pamela Anderson]."

He explained that his feud with Lee began five years prior. "Last contact I had with him was when me and Pam were going through our divorce. He picked up her BlackBerry and started e-mailing me a lot of horrendous things. It was extremely disrespectful. I had to do what I had to do because this was a long time coming. You know, I came back from the bathroom and he was sitting right there," Kid Rock said. "It was even more disrespectful after everything he's said, I was like that's enough, that's it."

About a month later, MTV News reports that Kid Rock was arrested for assault after a brawl with a man in a Waffle House in Georgia. Afterwards, Kid Rock was ordered to pay the victim of the beating a cool $40,000 for medical bills and punitive damages.

He dissed Beyonce for no reason

Hell hath no fury like the Beehive scorned, and Kid Rock scorned them hard. In February 2015, he told Rolling Stone, "Beyonce, to me, doesn't have a f—king 'Purple Rain,' but she's the biggest thing on Earth. How can you be that big without at least one 'Sweet Home Alabama' or 'Old Time Rock & Roll'? People are like, 'Beyonce's hot. Got a nice f—king a—. I'm like, 'Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t—s.' Doesn't really f—ing do much for me." Bear in mind, Beyonce boasts "Halo," "Single Ladies," "***Flawless," "Drunk in Love," "Crazy in Love," "Irreplaceable," and a slew of other other hits. Kid Rock has…"Bawitdaba."

His sex tape with Scott Stapp

In 2006, a sex tape leaked of Kid Rock and Creed frontman Scott Stapp engaging in lascivious activities with four groupies back in 1999. Naturally, it was somewhat traumatic for the women involved, and a slew of lawsuits were filed. Stapp filed one against the company that tried to sell it, Kid Rock filed one against Stapp for leaking it, and one of the women featured on the film filed a suit of her own. Still, Kid Rock's response to the controversy was flippant. "[Stapp is] the idiot because (the tape is) out," he told the Associated Press (via People). "I'm holding him responsible… At this point, I don't even care. If there's money to be made, it's my performance."

His homophobia

In a column Kid Rock penned for The Guardian in January 2015, he wrote, "Rap-rock was what people wanted at the time, and they still love those songs at shows. But it turned into a lot of bulls— and it turned out to be pretty gay… If someone says you can't say 'gay' like that you tell them to go f— themselves. You're not going to get anything politically correct out of me." He also noted, "As an ordained minister I don't look forward to marrying gay people, but I'm not opposed to it."

His use of the Confederate flag

Kid Rock is a life-long Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, which is fine. What a lot of fans don't think is fine? His use of the Confederate flag, for which he uses his Lynyrd Skynyrd fandom as an excuse. When he was honored at the Detroit NAACP's Fight for Freedom Fund dinner in 2011, protesters addressed the hypocrisy, which he dismissed with, "I've never flown that flag with any hate in my heart. Not one ounce." After a deadly shooting in a black church in South Carolina in 2015, protesters called for Kid Rock to quit associating himself with the flag. While his rep issued an official statement saying he hadn't used the flag in his performances since 2011, Kid Rock himself said, "Please tell the people who are protesting to kiss my a—."

His assistant died from a drunk driving accident on his property

In April 2016, Kid Rock's assistant, Michael Sacha, died after an ATV accident on the musician's property. TMZ reports that Sasha was driving guests to meet an Uber after a party on Kid Rock's property, and crashed on his way back to the house, where Kid Rock found him the next morning. One month later, it was revealed that Sasha was drunk at the time of the accident, with a blood alcohol level of almost three times the legal limit.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker paid $300K to keep a Kid Rock song out of their movie

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone revealed that one of their biggest disagreements with Paramount Studios when creating South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) revolved around Kid Rock. The studio was insistent on using a Kid Rock song for the film, which Parker and Stone adamantly opposed. In turn, the studio threatened to sue the duo over not making a music video featuring the singer. Since the studio reportedly spent $300,000 on Rock's music video for the song, Parker and Stone paid for it themselves—just to keep him away from their pet project.

He's a Trump supporter

Kid Rock revealed to Rolling Stone that he's probably going to vote for Donald Trump in November 2016. "I'm digging Trump. I feel like a lot of people, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, feel like if you get Hillary or Bernie, or you get Rubio or Cruz or whoever, there's going to be the same s—," he said. "My feeling: let the motherf—ing business guy run it like a f—ing business. And his campaign has been entertaining as s—." How eloquent and wise!