AE: Do we get to see you having some fun in the club as well? Do you get to do a little dancing maybe when it’s all over?
TC: You might see a little…come on, me in a gay bar? Really? Me in a gay bar?
At the ripe age of 40, even a gay bar (Ripples in Long Beach, CA, in this case) needs a little help.
AE: I know. That’s a natural.
TC: Genius. It was. It was genius.
AE: What other businesses do we see this season?
TC: You’ll see doggy day care, you’ll see a bed and breakfast, frozen yogurt, and a beauty school.
AE: Since you’re a part of the reality show world, do you look at reality shows differently when you watch? You know what goes into them and how they’re put together.
TC: I really don’t. No. We’re really real. I guess everyone says that to you when they have a reality show, they’re really real. We’re really real. That phone call is a real phone call. Those owners really don’t know that I’m there. That’s why they get those reactions. My reactions are my reactions. My mouth could say one thing, but my face will always tell you something else. I can’t hide that. I don’t know how to do that. We don’t retake. We don’t redo. When I go in, it’s really happening. So, that’s probably how I look at whatever TV I watch.
AE: Your autobiography last year probably opened up your world to a lot more fans and not just your reality show fans. Do you think it did that?
TC: I think it did. People seem to really enjoy it, which I was really happy about. The motivation behind it was because people asked me so many things about who I was. I wanted to share personal stories with people about some of the struggles that I’ve gone through — where I am now and how I’ve become the person I am. What molded me and what changed me? It has opened up different doors and a lot of people have said thank you for it.
Whether it be they grew up with one parent or had to come out or they were the fat kid, whatever it was and that resonated in a way and that’s a really nice thing.
AE: Is there another book in your future?
TC: I would like another one. I think about it. Everything I do, I do because I want it to mean something to me and mean something to everyone else. That’s why you don’t see me throwing products at you. I’m not out there hawking things at you.
Tabatha is used to be called a “Bitch” but she looks all about fun on the bumper cars.
AE: I’m guessing there have been opportunities? Have people come to you?
TC: Of course.
AE: Dating? Are you dating right now?
TC: I’m happy. I’ve been in a relationship for like, I’ll be killed, 13 years.
AE: Has your celebrity affected the relationship?
TC: No. I haven’t changed. Honestly. I’m no different. I’m absolutely no different than I was before all of this. I’m exactly the same.
AE: Who was your first celebrity crush?
TC: First celebrity crush, honestly, probably first crush — and I talk about it in the book — was one of the drag queens in my mother’s club.
AE: What was the feeling about her?
TC: She was just ridiculously gorgeous. Just Amazonian looking, beautiful creature — just cheekbones and hair and body and just amazing.
AE: What’s next? Are you still touring and doing that sort of thing?
TC: Well, [the book] comes out in paperback so I might do a couple of book signings here and there. Doing press for the show, when we premiere. Doing some red carpet stuff.
Tabatha Takes Over airs Tuesdays on Bravo at 10/9c. Coffey’s book It’s Not Really About The Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love and the Business of Beauty is now available in paperback.