Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gibson (born August 31, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, and former reality television competitor.
In 1988, she was pronounced the youngest female artist to write, produce, and perform a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, with her song “Foolish Beat”. She has gone on to starring roles on Broadway and touring musicals, as well as independent film and television work. She continues to record, and reached the adult contemporary chart as high as No. 24 during 2006 in a duet with Jordan Knight titled “Say Goodbye”.
Debbie Gibson was born in Brooklyn, New York, the third daughter of four for Diane and Joseph Gibson. She grew up in the Long Island suburb of Merrick and was raised Catholic. At age 5, she began performing in community theater with her sisters Karen, Michele, and Denise, and cousin T.J. Normandin and wrote her first song, “Make Sure You Know Your Classroom”. At age eight, she sang in the children’s chorus at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. She began playing the ukulele and taking piano lessons soon after, including with American pianist Morton Estrin. She said that her household was probably the only one where bystanders would hear children fighting over piano playing time.
Over the years, Gibson has been the target of stalkers. Robert Bardo, who was convicted for murdering actress Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989, had a wall in his house adorned with pictures of Gibson and Tiffany. In May 1998, Michael Falkner, a disgruntled fan from Eau Claire, WI, was arrested outside Manhattan’s Palace Theater, where Gibson was performing in the live musical adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This was after Gibson received threatening letters, emails and faxes from Falkner, who used the alias, However, a temporary restraining order was not issued by the court, and a court date was set to determine if a restraining order was appropriate in the matter. The proceeding was dismissed when Gibson failed to show up at the courthouse for the hearing to present her case.
Gibson was once engaged to Jonathan Kanterman.
Gibson has been in a longterm relationship since 2008 with Rutledge Taylor.
Gibson has been battling Lyme disease since early 2013.