After the Show Show: Debbie Gibson
The All American Summer rocks on with Debbie Gibson
LOS ANGELES – Debbie Gibson has enjoyed a legendary career as a singer, songwriter, producer and actress.
Since he was a child star in the ’80s, the “Only in My Dreams” singer has traveled the world to perform a plethora of her many hits in addition to her recurring roles on Hallmark channel movies.
The 47-year-old allowed many of her supporters close to her as a teenager, but she turned out to be a uplifting story of a very specific interaction with a fan who would change her life.
“There is a girl with the name Meghan – and in fact, they called me like a week ago,” Gibson told Fox News.
“She was my video set when I was 18 as a Make-A-Wish child, and she was not supposed to live 6 months or so, and it was her wish to die to meet me,” she continued. “Well, she swears by the healing power of music and that kind of inspiration, and she is alive today and teach them.”
Gibson recalled, “They call me the other day, we’ve kept in touch. She showed at one of my concerts about 10 years ago and said, ” I am the girl whose dying wish it was to meet you, and I’m here.’ And I went – Oh, my God. Then we exchanged numbers and she called me with her students about a week ago and said, ” Meghan, I want my students to say goodbye!’ So, that is a kind of insane magic.”
Although Gibson has grown up in the public eye, the old exporter does not envy the young heroes who live their lives in a world of social media and would tell you her life today is as normal as they come.
“I can’t imagine being Taylor Swift trying to keep up with all the fans at one time,” she said. “I have a bit more of a core fan base, so I can actually communicate with a large portion of my die-hard fans, which is really cool. And I’m glad it’s now and then.
“I think that it is a juggling act,” she continued. “I just think that all that constant feedback – I call it unsolicited advice, and on social media, you give them the whole day long. And it is difficult for people of any age, but if you have young people and impressionable people, I think that the psychological is a lot to do. I am so grateful that I don’t have that element as a child.”
They further noted times when she was touring and had no means to make contact with her friends or family in the pre-mobile device age.
“I was a little bit like on a bus to live in a bubble by myself – there were no mobile phones, I could not even call Tiffany [Darwish] to go, ‘Hey girl, how are you going to with all this?” There was nothing there. So, it was me and my sister and Scattergories on the tour bus.”
The “Summer of Dreams” actress’ approach to her life has a lot to do with the fact that she keeps a low profile and only turns the hiss if she’s performing for her fans around the world, something that she says kept her on the ground, and landed her a life-long fan.
“Yeah, you know, I live in las Vegas and I am a regular at my Whole Foods and the people don’t think anything of it,” she said.
The allure of Gibson’s appeal and accessibility, even if a well-known musician, she doesn’t take itself too seriously and even refers to himself as “self-deprecating.”
“Everyone sees me in the market every day – who cares,” she said. “No one, and no one is going to pay for a photo. And, that is how I feel in my daily life. I’m really kind of one of the gang, one of the community, and I lay low and live a very normal life.”
She added: “When people recognize me and come to me, they are so cool and respectful and usually have a number of great anecdotes about how my music would fit in their life and I have never tired of hearing. So, I have the feeling to have contact with people on a very real level, and yes my life is pretty sweet.”
As Gibson prepares to travel to Asia for a tour, they noted that the talks have taken place about her next project with the Hallmark Channel.
“I’m already in talks with a Label about what’s next,” she told him. “There is a big project that I can’t say anything about it, but that is going to be announced in October, and next year is going to be a big part of my year in a big way. So, things are kind of rocking right now.”