The Word: Debbie Gibson goes on an ’80s flashback
Debbie Gibson, 41, had a busy Wednesday night. The ’80s icon was to host and perform at the re-opening of The Culture Club, the three-floored mega club featuring light-up dance floors (a la “Saturday Night Fever”), original tour memorabilia from Gibson (she’s a partner in the club), and artwork from era classics such as “Footloose” and “The Breakfast Club.”
The only problem? She was two hours late to her own party. And after much protesting (and waiting through her performance of only one song, her hit “Shake Your Love,” which ages very well, FYI) we weren’t granted an interview at the reopening (she apologized later, saying the music was too loud). However, once the ’80s flashbacks wore off Gibson was kind enough to answer our questions about reinventing herself in the aughts.
You’ve made a new name for yourself by starring in such movies as “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid” and “Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus.” Why do those types of films?
I have always enjoyed acting through my experiences on Broadway and I’m always game for new adventures. These movies are just so over-the-top and kitchy that I couldn’t resist the fun.
Out of all of your co-stars in those films — Mega Shark, Giant Octopus, Mega Python and Gatoroid — which scared you the most?
None of them compare to the mega sharks I’ve worked with in the music business. But in all seriousness, the live alligator was the scariest.
You played Katie Perry’s mom in her “Last Friday Night” video. Do you feel like she is your daughter in a way, in that she’s this generation’s face of pop music?
I feel more like a big sister than mother, but yes, I do believe she is the generation’s face of pop music.
—With additional reporting by Sally Morris
Ashton tries to slip the blame
If Ashton Kutcher is trying to spin the reason for his recent troubles with Demi Moore onto her shoulders by claiming she has relapsed, that’s really not the way to do it, bub.
A “friend” tells Life & Style that their relationship had fallen apart weeks before Ashton’s reported cheating incident. In fact, Ashton moved out because Moore had relapsed and he did so to “help” her. “Demi had been sober for a long time — decades — but recently it’s gotten bad,” the insider reveals to Life & Style. “Ashton loves her, but he can’t stick around and watch her do this to herself.”
Bad form, Team Ashton. If your wife is sick, you stick by her and help her. You don’t move out and then boff a 23-year-old tart in a hot tub. You are not going to gain the sympathy vote with that angle.