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01/30/2015 09:29 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tiffany On Her Alleged Rivalry With Debbie Gibson In The '80s (VIDEO)

In the late '80s, two pop princesses ruled the music charts: Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. Both teens released their debut albums in 1987 -- Tiffany's "Tiffany" and Gibson's "Out of the Blue" -- and each saw success with their respective hits. So it's not a surprise that the media often portrayed the girls as competitors and rivals during much of their career. But was there any truth to that theory?

When sitting down with "Oprah: Where Are They Now?," Tiffany opened up about her true relationship with Gibson.

"Debbie and I have really never been friends -- up until now, which is funny," Tiffany says.

Three decades ago when their careers were just taking off, the two were each juggling full schedules of recording, tours, interviews and appearances, all of which made it difficult for them to even have the opportunity to truly connect.

"When we were touring and everybody was pitting us against each other, we didn't really know each other. We'd walk the red carpet, take pictures and that was it," Tiffany says. "That's not because Debbie and I didn't want to get to know each other. It's just, we were busy."

There might also be another factor, she adds. "I think, also, a lot of management and maybe record labels like that rivalry," Tiffany says. "It keeps a little edge."

As Tiffany and Gibson each moved on from their teen pop star images (Tiffany even posed for "Playboy" in 2002, a decision she explains here), they managed to become friends as adults. They have even toured together, to the delight of their fans.

"It's nice to see both of us go from teen stars to adult businesswomen who are in control of our lives," Tiffany says. "We really both have been very lucky that there hasn't really been any darkness... That just hasn't been our journey."

"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN, returning with all new episodes in March.

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