Debbie Gibson stopped by Jenny Hutt’s Sirius XM “Just Jenny” show to talk about her new song “Promises” from the movie she’s starring in #MusicInMe airing on UP – @uptv (Twitter) @up_tv (Instagram), Sunday April 12th 7pm ET.
During the interview, Debbie talked about Pop Stars, Madonna, meeting Princess Diana and more! Some highlights from the interview:
On Pop stars then and now:
Debbie: … Taylor Swift and the Sam Smiths and they’re young and they’re jet-setting and I’m thinking how are they doing it so gracefully because I was NOT that graceful.
Jenny: Was there anything that you did that was naughty that we didn’t hear about?
Debbie: (Laughs) No, Yes, I dated my pyro guy on the “Electric Youth” tour – like seriously that probably would’ve been on the internet- like just bring up Taylor Swift again…like if she were dating her pyro guy, (referring to Debbie’s guy here) who by the way at the time was doing some kind of drugs and or smoking pot or something which my mother found out about and had to have him fired because …my mother was on it, but she also didn’t like the fact that I was dating him. So I think it was like this combo of
- My daughter’s dating like the long haired blond rocker-guy on the tour and
- He’s blowing things up two feet from her feet while inebriated in some way.
What was funny was I totally concurred- I wasn’t so in love with him or attached.
Jenny: What do you think of Miley Cyrus?
Debbie: I think she’s an incredible artist…I could care less that her antics are what her antics are cause I think it’s psychologically healthier to be that free and unedited and really be an artist. You know artists are supposed to like have a flare for the ridiculous, and they’re supposed to be like living a fantasy. And she is.
And that wouldn’t be great if she came out and she sucked but her voice is incredible. And I just think… she has it right because she’s being really authentic and people can love it or hate it…
… growing up….I feel like I did that for a time for maybe twenty five or thirty-something I was still carrying that persona and that image because everybody wanted me to be that so badly… I went through a phase in my twenties where I dressed like matronly I was a little overweight and I had auburn hair and…I wore suits and I was like “who is that?” (Referring to herself now) Cause this girl was underneath and this girl is younger than that girl was.
I feel my vital energy now more than I did then.
Jenny: Justin Bieber?
Debbie: Justin Bieber I never liked him more as when I saw a clip of him doing ozzy osbourne on the lip-sync show this morning. I now love Justin Bieber.
Debbie: That’s like my favorite favorite. She can do no wrong. And her voice?! She can go and star on Broadway tomorrow. ..technically she’s incredible but she’s got this street appeal… she so elegantly lives her life.
Jenny: Madonna lately?
Debbie: …she just continues to like have to be the person to always pioneer something and change people’s thoughts and right now it’s age….
I think there should be a campaign by celebrities that these tabloid magazines should not be allowed to print your age every time they print your name because wall they do is drum a perception in that may or may not be true about…somebody’s forty is not someone else’s forty. Fergie’s forty is not whoever’s forty and let’s just let people live as themselves – so here’s this person with new music why is the age attachment so important?
On meeting celebrities through the years:
Jenny: Name three best celebrity encouters.
Debbie: Princess Diana was amazing. I met her, I was in my ripped
Jean shorts and my bandana because I was performing Electric Youth at the Prince’s Trust. And because I was going first I didn’t have time to put on a gown. And I said “Omg I am glad to meet you and so sorry I am dressed like this…” And she said “You look a heck of a lot more comfortable than I am!” So she was like so cool and down to earth and that was amazing.
Michael Jackson…when I met him he was like “I was just watching your Disney special last night.” And I’m like Michael Jackson is sitting home watching ME on TV?!!!! So that was amazing.
George Michael… because I was in the zone- first off we still didn’t know he was gay- I still had his poster on my wall, I was still in highschool and I got flown on like the Westwood One radio jet to go see him and got to sit in his catering and have dinner with him before his concert and I was freaking out.
To hear the whole interview, click here.
UP’s “Music In Me” airs this Sunday April 12, at 7pmET.