“I hope she finds her stage again”

Former teen pop star Debbie Gibson hopes Britney Spears will find her way back to the stage.  (Photo: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)

Former teen pop star Debbie Gibson hopes Britney Spears will find her way back to the stage. (Photo: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)

Debbie Gibson has a soft spot for former teen pop star Britney Spears.

The “Only in My Dreams” singer, 52, said she wants nothing but the best for Spears, who has endured years of turmoil, including being placed under a 13-year conservatorship that ended last year.

“It’s very easy to make fun of her social media posts,” Gibson told Page Six. “But I see someone who is happy and just looking to get out of that bubble. She’s a natural performer, so if she has to perform in her living room, on social media, that’s what she’s going to do.”

While Spears often posts videos of herself dancing at home, Gibson says she hopes the “Stronger” singer will soon perform live again for her millions of fans.

“I hope she finds her podium again,” said Gibson.

Gibson, who rose to fame as a teen pop star in the ’80s with songs like “Foolish Beat” and “Shake Your Love,” credits her protective parents for protecting her during her music superstar days. Gibson’s mother, the late music executive Diane Gibson, protected her daughter from the dark side of the industry.

“I say jokingly, but not jokingly, that she literally threw her body in front of someone bent on harming me, and that she prevented any sort of #MeToo situation,” Gibson continued. “It didn’t always get her brownie points, but it earned her a lot of respect and it protected me. So I’m really lucky that I had protective parents who wanted nothing from me other than for me to turn out healthy, happy and healthy.

While her mother passed away in January of this year, Gibson still maintains a strong bond with her father, to whom she is very close. The duo even occasionally take to Instagram together for live videos.

“I am very lucky because I had my mother and my father. I talked to my dad last night and he’s one of my favorite people in the world, and I have a great relationship with him,” said Gibson, gently referring to the troubled relationship between Britney and her father, Jamie Spears, who placed his daughter under guardianship in 2008.

After her mother’s death in January, Gibson shared an emotional Instagram essay about how her mother managed to make her daughter a superstar without extensive knowledge of the music industry.

“Diane loved her dearly, protected those she cared about with every fiber of her being, and with no college education and no showbiz connections, she became a bold and pioneering music executive in what was a man’s world,” she wrote. Self-taught and street smart, a force of nature and the OG ‘Momager’, guided by her intuition, love of music and desire to help make my vision come true, she stopped at nothing to get my music heard leave an unmistakable mark on the world and its cultural landscape. I literally couldn’t have done this without her.”

Gibson stated that the key to her relationship with her mother was keeping Diane’s focus on her daughter at all times.

“She didn’t care about her reputation as much as I turned out to be sane and healthy. We went through all the ups and downs and twists of a true partnership, but our relationship landed at its most loving and beautiful moment,” she wrote .

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