I do think kids should be kids. You have the rest of your life to be an adult.
That's always - that's been another dream of mine, to do a Broadway play. An award winning Broadway play.
I was never pushed into the religion by my mother or anyone else. I made up my own mind when I was old enough. I am not a religious person, but I am spiritual.
It has taken me most of my adult life to come to terms with who I am. To do that, I had to break free of attitudes that brought me down.
There are people that regardless of what it is, if it's something that's stressful, whatever it may be, they don't eat, they lose a lot of weight, a divorce, they get real thin. I'm the opposite.
In complete darkness, it is only knowledge and wisdom that separates us.
No word is absolutely wrong or dirty or insulting. It all depends upon context and intention.
Being on 'Good Times' was the first time I was around a group of people that wasn't my family.
My concepts are never bright ideas; they're never notions I think will sell or be trendy or attract new fans. I don't think that way. All I can do is sing from my life.
By age seven, I used to comb my hair for performances, just pull my hair up into a bun. Granted, it wasn't a very intricate hairstyle. Still, to be that responsible and disciplined at age seven is unusual.
Food has always brought me comfort and the bingeing is triggered when I'm in a space that is not positive.
I feel everyone is put here for a reason. Everyone has a calling. I always thought my real calling was to help other people.
I was very independent growing up, but there were things that were bothering me that I never told anybody. I would talk to our animals at home.
I'm just trying to get used to living on a fixed income. Now, it's going to get unfixed.
Another side to me is this very sexual being. When I look back on my life, it's always been there. It's been there since I was 10 years old, having the imagination that I had.
I think it's been a little difficult at times for the audience, because they've told me they see me as a family member. So to see your little sister sing about sex... I think they are pretty used to it now.
I have no clue why, but maybe sometimes when there's someone you don't hear from, it's the person you want to hear from the most.
I truly felt that was going to be my last tour. So here we are again and I'm saying this will probably be my last tour. That's truly the way I'm looking at it.
To have someone to relate to and hopefully enjoy the music and get a positive message out of it, to make the best music that we possibly could, those were the goals.
People can have rhinoceros skin, but there's a point when something's going to hurt you.
There are two sides of the Velvet Rope. Those who want to be on the other side and those who are on the other side.
I am the baby in the family, and I always will be. I am actually very happy to have that position. But I still get teased. I don't mind that.
There's other things I'd like to do. I probably won't tour for a very, very long time. It's something that you feel inside and that's the way I've been looking at everything.
Control meant not only taking care of myself but living in a much less protected world. And doing that meant growing a tough skin.
I have a pretty bad temper. But you have to really push me to see it. But everybody has their things.
Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right and our responsiblity to be equal members of society.
People do see me as sweet and innocent. Not to say that I am not those things. But I have other sides to me.
I like myself a lot more than I used to. I had a very difficult time in my twenties especially. It was hard for me to look in the mirror and find something that I liked about myself.
I was two when we left Indiana, and I don't really remember it that well.
I've never been into what am I going to do next, trying to reinvent myself.
Some of my battles with weight have been very public. But most of them have been internal. Even at my thinnest, when my body was being praised, I wasn't happy with what I saw in the mirror or how I felt about myself.
I really don't know anything else because my brothers were famous when I was two years old. So I know nothing else, no other life.
Ever since I was little, I loved to eat. I started eating when I wasn't hungry. My weight has always been up and down.
I like to collaborate on my music. The creative process is fun, and you get a lot of ideas from having discussions about it. Ultimately, the final decision is mine.
You get yourself up for it somehow, and your endurance and the crowd gets you up, too.
Big sisters and brothers... I am telling you, it never changes.
When I'm feeling down on myself or not feeling good about who I am, or maybe something happened and I'm feeling depressed, I eat to fill that void. Afterwards I'll beat myself up about it. I regret doing it, but I'll turn around and do it again.
When we were growing up, all of us kids were vegetarians. No one had asked me to stop eating meat - I just noticed everyone else around me had stopped, so I followed the crew.
It is my belief that we all have the need to feel special. It is this need that can bring out the best in us, yet the worst in us.
Competition is great. And as long as it's friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it's cool.
I'm happy with the people that I have around me. And they've been friends of mine since I was young, for a very long time.
When I'm getting ready for a tour, I'll work out with the dancers.