How were able to escape the child star curse?
I didn't get hooked on drugs or alcohol. I was blessed with a great team of people that were always around me and always taught us not to get into those things. Not to get too caught up into the lifestyle. You have to have discipline. I think having good guidance is really, really important. As a child star and just in life, period. I never felt pressured, but I did feel like I wanted to grow up. Once I turned 20, I was like, "I'm not a kid anymore." When I recorded my Naked album, I felt pressure to grow out of that Roger stage. That's why I did the "Naked" video. It was just something to show everybody that I'm grown now.
Speaking of child stars, what's your take on the new twerking Miley Cyrus?
Miley Cyrus, she's a young woman. She's not Hannah Montana anymore, so you can't look at her as Hannah Montana and put her in that space. If she wants to get on stage and twerk, twerk Miley Miley, twerk. It's her business; it's her prerogative. It's not our place to judge her.
Would you feel comfortable if your kids wanted to get into show biz?
Fame is a drug. It's addicting. I never allowed myself to get into that. I always kept it separate. I knew that the entertainment business was my job and what I did in my personal life was my personal. I was blessed enough and I thank God that I was strong enough to be in this industry to take the good and the bad. Everybody can hype you up and say how great you are but that doesn't mean you're great. You gotta be able to take the negativity, too. If my children were mature enough to understand that, then I would. If I feel like they would fall victim to the success, I wouldn't.
This year was the year of reunions, from Destiny's Child at the Superbowl to N*SYNC at the VMA’s. Would you ever consider an IMX reunion?
Just to be clear about our group Immature, we've never broken up. We just kinda went our separate ways and did other things. We'll always be a group. So as long as we're a group, there's always a possibility that there could be a reunion. You never know.
As a veteran in the industry, how do you want to be remembered?
I'd rather be remembered as a great person. The music industry is so fickle. One minute you can be hot, and the next minute you can not be hot. You can be forgotten. Being a great person goes a longer way. The music industry has become like high school. Like a popularity contest. People are more drawn to who's popular as opposed to who has great music. Nobody pays attention to the music anymore. It's more about who has the biggest controversy.
Will you tour? And what other projects are in the works?
I just finished a movie project with the Up Network called The Love Letter with Romeo Miller, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Jackee Harry. During my three-year hiatus from the music industry, I started my own film and television production company. We shoot three independent films a year, which I produce. I think what's next would be definitely another album after this one. More movies, more TV. Another TV show. I'm in the world of entertaining. I love to entertain people. As long as I can do that I'm gonna keep going with it.
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