Finding out that your parents have reached a settlement in their divorce isn’t normally a “happy” moment for any 21-year-old. But when you’re Brooke Hogan, and your parents have been going through a tabloid-worthy divorce, getting that kind of news is almost joyous.
“I was relieved to hear that the divorce was finally signed, sealed and delivered,” she said in a recent interview. “They weren’t good together. ... So it’s like OK, everything’s over, everything’s done, you guys don’t have to hate each other anymore.”
Now that her superstar wrestler-dad Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, and his wife, Linda, have split, Hogan is ready to move on.
While Hogan still has her VH1 reality show, “Brooke Knows Best,” she’s more interested in promoting her music these days. She recently released her sophomore CD, “The Redemption.”
AP: What’s the message with the new CD?
Hogan: I named it “(The) Redemption” because I’ve been through so much that I feel like now at this point in my life I’m really settled, I’m really happy, I love the way my life is going ... I talked about all the things I went through but it’s about taking the high road, and being happy and choosing the right path.
AP: Do you feel like you’ve established yourself as a singer?
Hogan: It’s hard to crossover. First, I was doing the singing, and because I was Hulk Hogan’s daughter, everyone was like, “Oh, it’s handed to her. Oh, she looks like a wrestler herself.” I mean they were hard on me from all angles, you just couldn’t win. And then I started doing the TV show to kind of have a platform and get people to know me and stuff like that. But I did the TV show to help my singing, and people think that I’m a TV star that’s trying to sing now, like Heidi Montag (of MTV’s “The Hills”) or something. I’m like, “No. It’s different.” The singing is the permanent thing, the TV show’s what’s going to come and go.
AP: Has your mother heard the “Dear Mom” song on the CD?
Hogan: I believe she has. I just haven’t heard anything from it so if she has I don’t know.
AP: What have you learned from the relationship you have with your mother?
Hogan: I don’t know what my mom feels toward me or where the viciousness is coming from, but I just know that when I have kids I will protect them. I would do anything for my kids and for my family. I know that. Even now for my family I would do anything for them. I think just keep my head screwed on straight and always love my children and my family and know that that’s really all you have at the end of the day.
AP: Now that you’re 21, do you feel like you are where you want to be?
Hogan: I’m more true to myself. I feel like I was kind of raised to be mechanical like, “Hi, I’m Brooke Hogan, I’m Hulk Hogan’s daughter. I like cookies and sunshine.” You know? I was trying to be so perfect and so cookie-cutter because everyone’s like, “Aim for that Disney audience! Be perfect! Don’t say anything wrong!” And it’s just working out better for me just being me.