EXCLUSIVE: Why People Really, Really Need to Lay Off Corey Feldman
When you first walk through the front door of Corey Feldman's Sherman Oaks home, you immediately notice that it's absolutely nothing even close to how other -- ahem -- people have described. There are no cockroaches in the bathroom, no tanks of nitrous oxide waiting to be tapped, and above all, no throngs of scantily-clad women in angel wings waiting in line to be serviced via any orifice available.
No, Corey's home is tidy and fresh-smelling, nary a bug in sight. A smushy-faced dog greets you at the door with its lopsided grin. On the television, "The Big Bang Theory" serves as background noise, and in the kitchen sits Corey, with his disarming smile and his good-natured girlfriend, unassumptively by his side. She's not clad in tight jeans and a bustier, boasting a face full of makeup and hair extensions, but in shorts and a worn t-shirt, fresh-faced and comfortable.
For all of the condescending, demeaning hoopla that tries to surround Corey basically wherever he goes, you can tell right off the bat that Corey is Corey, and Corey is happy with his life, as well as his lengthy career -- which spans four decades.
We all gather around Corey's comfortable kitchen table -- which screams so much more "family meals!" than "lines of cocaine!" and drink coffees, getting to know one another, and immediately start chatting about the important things in Corey's life: his son, his music, the lessons he's learned over the years, and of course, his career at large.
Here's Corey on the fact that he doesn't -- despite rumors -- have multiple girlfriends, and it's for the benefit of his son, Zen, who's 9:
"I have a child, and the whole concept of having multiple girlfriends is something I don’t want. I didn’t want to confuse my child by 'falling in love' with a new girl every week and having her in my life and then she’s gone, and now here's another and she’s your new mom. I think that’s really wrong."
Corey on his now-girlfriend, Courtney, who lives in the home, and who's been in his life for over a year now:
"I think now we have more of a family environment than ever before because there is a woman living in the house, and she does act like my girlfriend, I mean we still don’t like kiss or anything in front of [Zen] or anything, every once in a while we’ll hold hands or we’ll all snuggle together; things like that. I’m trying to take things very slowly. We’re not trying to go and get married, we’re not doing anything crazy, we’re just being there as a support team, as best friends, and loving each other."
On "Corey's Angels," which, despite constant comparisons, is not at all like Hugh Hefner's "Playboy" Playmates, and appears to be more of a talent/talent management/entertainment company rather than anything else:
"An Angel is going to have a pictorial, a profile, and they’ve got to have some really great talent. To be an Angel, each talent has obviously got to be original. I don’t want l20 girls who are all actresses, that’s not really going to do much for the company. Ideally, if there’s one girl who’s an actress, one girl who’s a singer, one girl who's a producer, one girl who’s an agent, one girl who’s a writer, one girl who’s a DJ, then they all have their special niche, and that’s what makes it unique. And never before has anybody tried to do that, tried to put a beautiful girl’s talent first and make that the headline instead of objectifying her for her looks."
Corey on feminism and how it applies to his Angel parties:
"I want to empower women, and I'm very insulted when people come after me and say 'Oh, look, you’re just exploiting these women'. It’s actually the exact opposite. I like women to feel natural and to feel sexy and to feel beautiful. The parties that we throw are about letting women feel beautiful and honoring the respect of the women. The parties are for the women; they’re not for me. It’s their night, it’s not my night. That’s why I won’t allow more than 100 guys to ever come to any Corey’s Angels party. I’m trying to celebrate the beauty of women, therefore I want 200 or 300 or 400 to be able to come here and feel free to not get gawked at, not get groped, not have guys all over them, circling around them, drunk, spilling something on them, pushing them over, and to be honest, every time I’ve been to a Candyland party, that's exactly what it is. It’s 3 to 1, guys to girls, and the girls that are there feel awkward, uncomfortable, and intimidated. That's not what this is about."
How he feels when people think he does nothing but objectify women:
"It hurts me. I’m a very sensitive person, and I know that probably doesn’t make a lot of sense because I've been in this business my whole life and you think I’d have a little bit tougher skin by now, but I don’t. The bottom line is that I’m a very emotional person and it’s my biggest weakness. I’m doing this because I’m trying to help these girls find a new direction. Somebody might be going down the wrong path or not have the proper values in life or they may not know the right objective. And if suddenly the whole thing is made to look like a sham, it just takes away the power of what it is I’m trying to do for them, so it kind of ruins those dreams, and that, to me, is the most depressing part, because I want people to know it’s a safe haven."
On his book, "Coreyography," which drops this fall and why he wrote it:
"After years of being silenced and stifled and misquoted, I want the people to really know who I am. Even if you don’t want to be a fan, if you don’t respect what I do or the way I think , that’s fine. I’m putting the truth out there, and that’s where it started. And due to the book, I ended up conquering some bigger beasts, because in the process of doing so, in reinvestigating my life, I started putting different pieces together. All of a sudden, it was like a diagram. What really became a defining point was when my friend [Corey Haim] died, which was around the time when I was really getting into the nitty gritty of writing this book, and after the fallout, I really wanted to set the record straight with a lot of things I'd remained silent on in the past."
On sexual abuse in Hollywood and how it affects children on the whole:
"I spoke to the police about certain incidents. I spoke to all the lawyers. I spoke to the judges, I spoke to friends that I have on every level of power, and at the end of the day, there’s a statute of limitations to what we can talk about in California, period. The whole reason sex offenders have a statute of limitations is so that you can’t come back ten years later and say 'This is what happened', which is obviously completely wrong. Think about it. Does a kid have the strength, courage, ability to talk to the police, to file a lawsuit? Of course not -- it’s a kid. Kids don’t know how to defend themselves or even think about that sort of thing. So they’re living in fear, and then you've got a child who’s afraid, who doesn’t know where to turn, and when they finally finally get the strength and they’re old enough to do something, they get 'Yeah, too bad you didn’t do something while you were younger'. And that’s what happened to me."
Check back next week for Part 2 of Corey's interview where he weighs in on Miley Cyrus and his own music endeavors.