The singer and actress told Parade that she is grateful to have experienced fame in the '80s as she feels that modern celebrity can be a "psychological trip" for young people in the public eye.
"There's never a private moment for a young star now. I think teens today are growing up quicker and there is much more access to them from the media. That can be a psychological trip for teen stars, and I feel for them," Gibson explained.
"I'm glad that stuff wasn't around when I was growing up. Mind you, I was pretty much at my parents' house and the bowling alley on my down time. I wasn't at a club on Sunset Blvd. I really couldn't have any social life.
"There was no way of keeping in touch with friends or anything unless you were going to get on the phone. So in that sense, I wish all that technology was available back then. But obviously the flip side is the camera phones and YouTube and TMZ."
Gibson went on to credit her mother, who acted as her manager from the beginning of her career, for ensuring that she never went off the rails.
"Even to this day, my mum is my manager. And believe me, it has its moments, but to have even one person around you that makes it fun and keeps everything real and it's not like you're just a pay cheque to them is very important," she said.
"I also always focused on my craft first. If there was an after party and I was tired and had a show the next day, it was like, 'Forget the party, I'm going to rest my voice'.
"I was never in it for those other reasons, and I think if you are then you can definitely get messed up. It's also important to have other things in your life than work. Success in the past few years of my life has been when I've been able to integrate a great relationship into my life."
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