Pamela Anderson says being a mom was integral to how she survived the media frenzy and backlash over her and Tommy Lee’s stolen honeymoon tape.
In a preview of her upcoming interview with CBS Sunday morning, Anderson talks about the impact that period had on her entire life. When asked what she wants people to know about the tape, Anderson insists it was “stolen property” that was never meant to be published.
“It was two crazy naked people in love,” she said. “We were naked all the time filming each other and acting crazy, but those tapes weren’t meant for anyone else to see.”
She added that it was very “hurtful” that those private moments were published without her consent and that she was “not seen” [the tape] up to the present day.”
Which helped the actress and author navigate that frenzy and fallout that continued to follow her and her career centered on her sons with Lee. “I was a mother. That saved me,” she said. “You know, if I hadn’t been a mother, I don’t think I would have survived.”
Anderson is also expected to discuss why she moved from Hollywood and back to Vancouver Island. “I feel like I left here, did something crazy and came back in one piece,” Anderson said. “I said, I don’t know what I’m capable of. I still don’t know, but I think that was the beginning… the rest is behind me. I feel like I’m in a really good place.”
Anderson is also expected to discuss the stolen honeymoon tape in an upcoming Netflix document and in her memoir Love, Pamelaboth out on January 31.
In the trailer for Pamela, a love story which was released earlier this week, the actress expressed a desire to “take control of the story for the first time”.
“I blocked that stolen tape from my life just to survive and with it all popping up again I feel sick,” she said while seemingly addressing how the tape re-entered the discussion following Hulu’s limited series Pam and Tommy.
Director Ryan White previously shared that the documentary would cover Anderson’s response to series, which she learned happened while filming the doc.
“Nobody knew the truth – not even I know 100 percent of what happened, but I think the most important thing is to share my human feelings and how much it hurt and how it undeniably defined me moving forward – in my career and my life.” relationships,” Anderson said of her decision to touch the tape in her Netflix doc.
Anderson’s full interview with CBS Sunday morning airs January 15 at 9 a.m. ET.