TORONTO — Canadian bombshell Pamela Anderson has said she is proud of the way she raised her sons but regrets not shielding them from her tumultuous personal life.
The former Playboy model told Healthy Living she and teenaged sons Brandon and Dylan (with ex-husband, rocker Tommy Lee) are stronger today for what they went through.
“My children and I are very close. Now they are old enough to understand,” Anderson explained. “But in the heat of the moment, we all suffered. It breaks my heart that any of my decisions affected them in a negative way.
“I’m sad that I’ve hurt them.”
But, Anderson said she did a good job of keeping the boys out of the public eye.
“I protected them. I did not drag them down red carpets,” she recalled. “They had no desire to be famous. I was strictly against them being photographed. They weren’t props.
“They are growing up with their own identity — separate from the madness — and are thriving for it.”
The 47-year-old former Baywatch star also told Healthy Living she prefers her native B.C. to the beaches of Malibu.
“I came to California on my first plane ride at 22 years old. It was everything I dreamed it would be,” she recalled.
“But now I prefer the peacefulness and beauty of Vancouver Island or the north coast of France.”
Anderson also praised Haiti.
“If the people make the place, Haiti shines like no other,” she said. “The epicentre of hope.”
Anderson said she is about to star in Vernon God Little for German director Werner Herzog and is in talks with “an incredible talent for a TV show with great subject matter I think will save me and shine a light on an endless topic.”
Anderson said she also has her hands full with planning a Vegas show, designing furniture and writing.
She said she is also actively involved with her eponymous foundation.
“I have a lot of fundraiser ideas,” said Anderson. “Maybe we will do a Christmas special.”
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