Debbie Gibson Explains Why She’s Never Gotten Married, Loving the Single Life at 50

by Megan Molseed
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“My life has been very unconventional,” says singer Debbie Gibson. “Marriage was in the picture I had of my life, but it was never in the cards for me.”

For Debbie Gibson, her life and career were full of excitement, unexpected turns. Turns that led her down a path that may have been different than she imagined, but also one that she has enjoyed.

“I was an adult as a kid,” the 1980s teen pop sensation explained during a recent conversation with People magazine.

“I was employing a hundred people by 17 years old, and I had adult pressures,” she added, noting that it feels like she lived life “out of order.”

Debbie Gibson Finds Incredible Success

In 1987, Debbie Gibson took on the 1980s bubble-gum-pop music scene by storm. The then seventeen-year-old singer found a fast rise to superstardom with the release of her first album, “Out of the Blue.”

And, with that unprecedented success, came some sacrifices, the singer notes.

“I didn’t go to college,” Gibson explained. “I was learning how to cook and do my laundry well into my 20s, later than most people. My dating life kind of took a back seat.”

While things did not unfold as she had imagined for the pop sensation, Debbie Gibson says that she is extremely happy with how her life has ended up.

“I don’t feel like I’m missing anything,” she explained. “So if I do meet someone, what a great place to be in to not be looking to someone to complete me in any way.”

The star notes that it may be some time before she considers coupling with someone, marriage or not. Because, while wedding bells may not be something she sees in her future, there are definitely three guys who hold important spots in her life, and her heart.

Her “Guys” Are A Protective Bunch!

“I think I’m going to have to wait to date ’til I’m 65 because my dogs will not let anybody near me,” the “Shake Your Love singer joked of her three beloved dachshunds Joey, Trouper, and Levi. “They’re like, ‘That’s our mom! Paws off!'”

And, notes the star, that is perfectly okay. right now, pressure to date is the last thing on Gibson’s mind as she prepares to release her newest collection, “The Body Remembers.” This album will be the singer’s first original album release in two decades.

Gibson says she channeled all of these feelings into the new music while recording the upcoming release. One song, in particular, focuses on the challenges her stardom brought her as she focused on her career before relationships. This single, the singer notes, is about “putting self-love above everything.”

Music Always Tells A Story

“‘Strings’ is a song about creating boundaries with people and saying, ‘You know what? I can’t do strings-attached friendships or relationships,” Gibson explained.

“There’s a line in the song — ‘The faith I lost in you, I found in me’ — that’s everything,” the singer continued. “It’s like, ‘Oh, wait a minute. Why am I attaching strings to somebody? Let me cut all those cords and be me.’ And that’s the place I am in my life.”

On August 26, the iconic pop star will be adding another project to her list as she will be kicking off a series of performances with another 1980s pop sensation, Joey McIntyre of the New Kids On The Block, in Las Vegas. And, the singer says, she’s excited about the adventures this will bring.

“Growing up in show business, I felt like it was noble to run myself into the ground,” Gibson explains. “Now I see life as an adventure.”