Debbie Gibson On Being A Teen Star
Marc Gordon - August 19, 2018

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

Debbie Gibson first entered our lives during the 80s with her hit song Only In My Dreams.  The single was released in 1986 and was signed right away. Her first album for recorded in a mere month, and made it’s way onto the Top 40 charts.

She became the youngest artist to both write, produce and perform a Billboard number-one single, for her song Foolish Beat.  Gibson was one of the biggest pop stars of her time, and she also became a style icon with her rolled up jeans and bowler hats.

To some people however, she was so much more. At the young age of 18, she was already a role model to girls across the globe, and was a special impact on a girl named Meghan.

Meghan got to meet Gibson as her Make A Wish trip. She wasn’t supposed to live more than 6 months, but Meghan survived and credits it to the healing power of music.  Meghan is still alive today, and is in touch with Debbie.

While Gibson loves keeping the connection with her fans today, she’s thankful that she didn’t have to have the constant contact that stars are expected to keep up with now. She reveals that all the constant feedback can be hard for people psychologically, and she’s grateful not have had that element as kid.

Back in the day when she was touring, cell phones didn’t even exist. She was on a bus living in a bubble by herself, and she wouldn’t have had it any other way.