is one of the women vying for the heart of Bret Michaels on the VH1 reality series Rock of Love
. As a working and touring singer, she has shown more musical talent and ability than many girls in the house, yet she has still fallen in with the A Team, a group of alpha women also featuring Brandi C.
. Thus far, she has made the most nouse by having vocal disagreements with Dallas
over the issue of animal rights.
Lacey spoke with BuddyTV about her experiences on the show, her sneaky attempts to get others kicked off and her love of music. Below you will find a complete transcript of the interview as well as the mp3 audio file.
Hi, this is John from Buddy TV, and we're talking with Lacey from the VH1 reality series Rock of Love. How you doing, Lacey?
I'm great, John. Thank you, how are you?
I am doing fantastic.
Good to hear.
Now, why did you originally decide to be on the show?
You know, I almost didn't do this show. I have a friend who's in charge of finding girls to audition for the show. He called me up one day, he said, “Lacey, I'm staking out girls to audition for the show. We need rocker chicks, you'd be perfect for it, you should do it.”
I almost didn't do it because I'm not really aspiring to be a reality TV show person, but at the end of the day I was like, “I'm gonna not take myself so seriously, it's gonna be fun, it's gonna be a good time. It's gonna be a crazy life experience, how many people get to say that they did a reality show for VH1?” So I was like, for that reason I'll do it, I'll be fine.
Exactly. And now on this most recent episode there last week, you got into quite the debate with Dallas.
Yes, yes I did. "Debate" is a good word.
It's better than all-out yelling.
Big catfight, yeah, right. I like debate, it sounds very professional.
I'm just wondering if you could give some of our readers a little background, because I'm guessing there was more to the story than just what they showed.
Yes, there definitely was. Well first of all, let me just start out by saying I know a lot of people are just totally taken aback by my behavior on the show. But the one thing that people forget about is, yes, we have free will to do and say what we want on the show, but at the end of the day it's a television show. They want the drama.
If all the girls just sit around, and are polite to each other and are nice, and have a good time with each other, no one's gonna watch that. So they dubbed me the instigator. In normal life, I would probably censor myself way more than I did on the show. But it's a television show, you have that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a free ticket to act crazy and act outrageous.
Basically how the whole thing with Dallas and I started was, I am an animal rights activist. I had a T-shirt that I was wearing, and it said bad people wear fur. I was walking past her one day, she made a couple of snide comments about my shirt, and I kind of let it go. But then when she said to Heather, “You should kill your dog, it's an animal, here right now, slit its throat,” I just thought that was a really extreme thing to say.
That's where I started getting into it with her, we were in a limousine on the way back to the motocross. I said something to her just to rile her up again, and she kinda like, “Oh, I'm gonna kick your ass,” and it kinda got the whole thing started again. I know Dallas has told people in other interviews it was a joke about the slitting animals' throats.
But in my mind, even if it was just a joke, even if it was just to slowly antagonize me, I just think there's certain things that you don't joke about. You don't joke about child abuse, you don't joke about spousal abuse, you don't joke about animal abuse. So that's just my stand, so that's why I felt I had to give her a hard time.
Well, that certainly makes sense. Did you feel at all vindicated, or a sigh of relief, when she was booted?
Oh definitely, 'cause that was my plan originally. The reason I was antagonizing her and so in-her-face, is I was trying to get her to hit me. That's why when she was shoving me, I wasn't doing anything back to her. The reason I was trying to get her to hit me is because the producers on the show specifically said no throwing punches. If any of the girls throw punches, you're gonna get automatically get kicked off the show.
So my little brain went to work. I was like, “Hmm, what's the quickest way to get Dallas off the show? One, I could make her look like a jerk in front of Bret, and two, I could get her to hit me.” So I kind of went both of those routes to see, one of them has got to work. Although I didn't get her to hit me, I did get her to kind of look like a jerk in front of Bret, so it all really was all part of my little plan, my master plan.
Exactly. And now, speaking of Bret, were you a fan before the show started?
Yeah, you know, I really was. When I was growing up in junior high, I was a big fan of all the 80s metal bands. I loved Motley Crue, I loved Poison, I loved Ratt, I loved Warrant. I loved all of these bands, and it's not so much what I'm into now, but I still appreciate it because I was such a big fan of it when I was growing up.
Plus, I live here in L.A. I know people who know Bret, I never personally met him, but everybody said he's such a great guy. He's funny, he's sweet, he's down-to-earth. and so for all those reasons I thought this could be cool, this could be fun.
Yeah. Now, would you say a lot of the girls, because you got to know a lot of them, were they there for Bret? Were they there to find true love, were they there just to be on TV? What would you say the breakdown of those reasons…?
I think that most of the girls were there to just see what was gonna happen. You know, I think a lot of the girls were there just to kind of go along for the ride. I definitely feel that whether it was to be on TV, or whether it was for the experience or what have you, I really think a lot of these girls like, “Let's just go along for the ride.” I do believe that there was a couple of girls that really were into Bret, and really wanted to be with him.
As far as myself is concerned, I was in a really long-term relationship, eight-and-a-half years. We broke up, we're still friends, but I wanted to be single for a while. I have been single for a while, and I thought, “You never know what could happen. Let's go on the show. I've heard great things about Bret's personality, he's very cute, let's see what happens.” I think for each of these individual girls, there's a different scenario on why she was there.
Now what's going on with the A-Team as you like to be called?
Oh yes. I still talk to all of the girls: Heather, Kristia, and Brandi C. I actually just saw Brandi C. at a red carpet event about a week ago, and she looked fantastic. She's lost weight, she just looks beautiful. So yeah, I love those girls, they're so much fun.
And were there any of the other girls who you either clicked with or liked, or just absolutely could not stand?
It's funny, because when the house first started to segregate and we became the A-Team and the other girls, I remember one of the girls came up and said to me. She said, “Why are you friends with all the fake-boobed, blonde-haired bimbo-ey girls?” in her words. “Because you don't really seem that way, you don't have fake boobs, you don't have blonde hair. Why are you friends with these girls?”
In my mind, I just like people who are fun and carefree, generally like the type of people I hang out with. I don't hang out with big-boobed blonde girls, and they were so much fun and so harmless, and just wanted to have a good time and were carefree. Girls like Jes and Magdalena and Mia were just so uptight and judgmental. “This is how girls should act, and this is how girls should not act,” and that's just not what I'm about. That's not me, and I could not relate to them at all.
When they started passing judgment on the way in which we were having fun, I was like, “You know, that's absolutely ridiculous. Instead of sitting back and smoking these cigarettes and passing judgment, why don't you come out and have a drink and shot with us, and have fun? You know, join the party.”
Definitely makes sense, I guess. Moving forward now, are you going back to work? Might you try to pursue a career in some sort of entertainment business?
Well, I've been in the entertainment business for the past five years, my band has toured all over the United States. We've played at all the House of Blues across the whole country, we've played along the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. We've done well for an underground band, and had quite a bit of success with the radio station in Dallas, Texas where I grew up. They voted me Female Vocalist of the Year two years in a row, that was by Clear Channel radio station listeners.
So I've kind of been in the industry for a while now, and plan on continuing. I would've continued whether or not I was on Rock of Love. But yeah, I study acting in order to be involved in community theater, I'm definitely gonna continue that road. So that's who I consider myself to be as an entertainer, I definitely will continue down that path.
And now that you've become famous, are you gonna bring your band along with you? Or you just gonna cut them and go solo?
Well, my band is comprised of me and my ex-boyfriend, the guy I told you was with in happy years that I'm still friends with. The band is me and my ex-boyfriend, we do all the writing of the songs, we record everything. The other band members were more or less hired guns. So I don't know, it kind of depends on what you want to do.
I've got a solo thing I just started. I've had the band on hold for just a little while, while I've been working on other projects, That's kind of still up in the air at this point. I would definitely, given the right circumstances, continue doing the band with my ex-boyfriend. He's great to work with, so that remains to be seen, I guess.
-Interview conducted by John Kubicek
(Image courtesy of VH1)