Brooke Knows Best
By Gregory Miller
What's it like being tabloid fodder and having people like Perez Hilton constantly attacking your looks and your body?
I know what I look like in person. [Laughs] And they really, really get the worst shots. Like If I bent over and took all of the fat on my stomach and squished... they really just get that really bad shot. They do it for entertainment, and I understand it happens to everybody that's in the business. It's just the cross that you have to bear. I don't really think any deeper than that on it.
Right now VH1 is in the middle of showing the second season of Brooke Knows Best. We recently saw you go on a date with a girl. Any chance of you becoming America's next favorite bisexual?
[Laughs] Probably not. It's just, I guess I've never felt that towards a girl. But I have to say it was very enlightening. Really, honestly. Glenn [her roommate and co-star on Brooke Knows Best] is my best friend, and he's gay. I've always been cool with gay people and stuff like that. But you really don't understand until you talk to someone that is gay or that is lesbian and you really get where they're coming from. I understood that, I talk to Glenn a lot, you know, 'Do you choose to be this way? Or is it a sexual preference? What is it?' And he's like, 'No, you're really just born that way. You're attracted -- you always find yourself looking at the same sex.' So it's sort of like that's understandable, but just feeling where her heart was... the show didn't even show what we talked about. We have to squeeze everything into about 23 minutes. But like I said, it was really enlightening, and I really talked to her. I was always cool with it, but now I'm even more cool with it!
On next week's episode you and Glenn go back to his hometown for the first time since all of America learned he was gay on the show. What was that like? Was it an eye opener?
He was so scared to death that his parents were like old school, farm people, you know, not into the gay thing. He was really, really worried. I mean, he was like shaking -- like beyond. And I was like, 'Glenn, do you know what's funny? It's that even though your parents aren't gay and even though they're not around a major gay community, and they are basically you know, home grown Southerners that don't see that every day -- they've also lived a lot longer than you have, and they've seen a lot more and they understand a lot more, and I'm sure they're not so quick to judge.' I said, 'You need to -- they're your parents, they're going to love you no matter what.' I'm sorry but people murder people and their parents still love them. So he was freaking out about it. But everybody accepted him, and everybody loved him. He's such a great character on the show, it was just like, 'What are you worrying about, dude?' People loved him because he was gay. And I even get, 'Where's that gay guy that's on your show, we love him!' Not that people should refer to him as the gay guy, but you know, he prides himself on it. He likes being himself, and he tries telling other people to be themselves too. Because a lot of people aren't.
You turned just turned 21 in May. Has your dad finally backed off?
He has. [Laughs] He's definitely not as strict -- he's actually really cool. He did watch me a little bit because I think he was shocked to see me drinking champagne. I was like, 'Dad, I've already looked like a little forty year old my whole life -- this shouldn't surprise you.' [Laughs]
And then how is your relationship with your mother right now?
My relationship with my mom is -- I would say strained. We're still not really on track. It's still a little bit awkward and weird. But hopefully we'll figure things out. I think she has to go through a lot more changing before we can talk. I think she needs to really find herself.
Finally, I have to ask, is that really your family's natural hair color?
It is! I have a baby picture of me and I'm blonde!
Brooke Hogan's new album The Redemption is in stores now. New episodes of Brooke Knows Best air on VH1 Sundays at 10PM EST.