Celebuzz Interview: Aubrey O’Day Comes Clean About Plastic Surgery
She got fired from girl group Danity Kane on national TV, took a beating in the press and has endured countless comments slamming her alleged plastic surgeries. It won’t be an easy climb back to the top, but Aubrey O’Day is determined to make it happen!
Celebuzz goes one-on-one with the singer about those pesky plastic surgery rumors, her struggle with body image and having to start all over again.
She’s returning to her reality roots with a new series All About Aubrey on Oxygen (premiering March 7), which chronicles her second chance at making her mark on the music charts. This time, she’s set to go solo. After getting pounded by critics who claimed that fame had changed her, she’s ready to wipe the past away and get back to basics.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about you?
“That I got caught up in fame or that I’ve had a lot of plastic surgery. What else have I read? Oh, that I’m not talented.”
There’s a scene in the first episode in the which you have to wash off all your makeup and strip down to a natural state. Did you find that liberating or terrifying?
“Both! My makeup — how much or how little I have on — is constantly affecting the way people see me in regards to everybody thinking I’ve had plastic surgery. I see a lot of things about how I’ve had things done to my face or whatever, which none of that is the truth. [But] sometimes I’ll look at pictures and think that maybe I don’t look like myself there. My eyes does look different or my lips look really big, or whatever it may be, and I think ‘Wow. People really only do know me through pictures.’ It could’ve been a lip plumper, or a bad makeup artist, too much makeup, too little makeup; whatever it may be. A lot of the feelings that I have about myself are heavily evolved around the makeup that I wear, which is such a silly thing.
It did feel liberating [to be in] a raw form that is able to take on whatever happens in that creative space. That’s what artistry should be about. It shouldn’t be about the makeup and costumes and drama. It really should be about what you’re giving on stage and how much you feel what you’re giving. It’s nice to have the makeup and hair and crazy costumes, or arriving on a red carpet on an eggshell, but it’s also not what the core of it is about.”
One thing that’s really relatable is your struggle with body image in the industry. Where do you think you are with that right now?
“I would say that it’s an ongoing process. I don’t think that there’s ever a quick fix to completely loving yourself in any phase. I think that that will always take time. I don’t think that everything’s as easy as a diet pill or a new workout plan or anything like that. I think that all of it has to do with how you feel about yourself internally and the relationship you have with yourself. A lot of that unfortunately is continuously being affected by external forces. Every day I try to get up and love myself no matter how I look or where I want to be.
Everybody at some point and to some degree wants to be appreciated and accepted by others. I wish I could sell some product or give you some bulls–t answer that makes everything go away, but it’s the process of time, and each circumstance and emotion you go through will help lead you through a stronger place piece by piece.”
So many people have had to start over and take that second chance. What’s some of the best advice you’ve gotten during that process?
“The best piece of advice that I’ve ever gotten is believing in yourself over everything else. That and my fans, because I have amazing fans that just wouldn’t let it go. Through all the hard nights, seeing all the things they had written to me and the support that they have given me really allowed me to feel like my purpose was still valuable to them. I think believing in myself got me through everything. I don’t know how many times I’ve been told ‘no’ and ‘you’re fired.’ [laughs] Well that’s only happened once, but I’ve heard the negativity from everyone At the end of the day, all those things really hurt me because I’m an Aquarius and so emotional and sensitive and want everyone to like me and be my friend. Bigger than that, I’ve always had a pressure on me and people rooting against me. I think at the end of the day, believing in myself is what made me continue — and seeing the press everywhere for All About Aubrey makes me feel like every bad day was worth it. All of those things are representations for the nights I just felt like I wouldn’t be able to continue doing what I love to do.”
Do you feel as though you have something to prove?
“I’d say I have something to prove to myself, and I would like others to appreciate it.”
Here’s a sneak peek of the show that airs tonight on Oxygen at 10/9 c: