Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, the world’s most notorious mistress, gained notoriety for her involvement in an affair with the kingpin of the West Coast Choppers empire, Jesse James.
McGee has appeared in every major tattoo and entertainment publication in the country, including People, InTouch, Star & US Weekly. Michelle’s appearances on such highly rated shows as CNN, Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Lately, Saturday Night Live and Howard Stern have helped propel her into the entertainment world’s glaring spotlight.
In high demand as a feature dancer, Michelle is one of the most sought after celebrity entertainers in the world. The combination of her mainstream media appeal, cult status and crossover talents in the adult entertainment industry provide for a unique package.
It’s been a year since Michelle “Bombshell” was the focus of every newscast and on the cover of every supermarket tabloid. I wanted to catch up with her and see how things are going now that people are realizing she’s not the villain the media made her out to be. She’s in charge of her career and passionate about her role as a mother to her two children.
One year later, here’s the new and improved Michelle McGee.
A year ago you said you were the most hated person in America. It’s obvious you’ve been able to personally turn things around and have some fun.
You know what? I’m really about turning negatives into positives. I wanted to turn that negative situation into something that would let me enjoy my life and the things that come my way. I’m still in the process of turning things around even more. There were the negative aspects about me supposedly being a home wrecker and that I came between someone’s marriage and that’s really not the truth. I think people are slowly starting to realize that.
When that mess hit the news nobody was really looking at it from your point of view. You’re were guilty, hands-down.
It was a very unusual thing to go through. It’s really hard to explain to somebody your feelings about seeing yourself on TV. Every time I’d turn on the TV I was being bashed. I’m lucky that I have really tough skin. After two months of being vilified by the media it took it’s toll. I know who I am and what I did. What they said was not the truth. I knew that eventually the truth would come out.
After dealing with that I’m sure you very quickly decided that it was perfectly OK to take advantage of any publicity that came your way.
People don’t realize I have children to take care of. If I said I wasn’t going to capitalize on the situation I would be lying. Anybody else would be lying if they didn’t say the same. I couldn’t leave my house for a month. I was hounded. When opportunities came my way, yes – I’m going to take advantage of it. I have two mouths to feed. I’ve had some amazing things come my way and I’m very fortunate that I’ve got to experience these things.
I remember reading in an interview you said that men are wired to be with as many women as possible. I believe that has been scientifically proven. Why do you think it’s so hard for people to believe that?
It’s just our natural instincts. Men are created differently than women. Men have different needs. They’re wired differently. The media made that quote sound like I believed in cheating and that I hated men. That’s so not true! Men want to spread their seed. That’s what they’re genetically made to do. Women look at relationships and sex very differently than men do. Men are men and that’s great!
You also said the only way a marriage could work is if it’s an open relationship. Could you honestly make marriage work like that?
I think a relationship can really thrive if a person isn’t happy in some areas that they can do whatever they want, step away from the relationship and come back. That doesn’t mean that everyone should be open sexually and have sex with other people. Men and women just aren’t made to be with one person for the rest of their lives. People grow and change and to stay with one person just doesn’t seem healthy to me. I believe in truth and honesty. When I say “open relationship” I don’t mean just open sexually. I mean open to everything. Look at the divorce rate. It’s ridiculous. I know people think when they take a vow that it’s “til death do us part,” but it’s really until I’m not happy with you anymore or it’s too hard or it’s about money.
Let’s talk about your tattoos. Do you have a story to go with each one or were some of them just spontaneous?
Most of them have stories. I have a lot of tattoos because I really love art. I don’t like looking at blank, white things. I think art is beauty. Not everything has a meaning. I may just be looking for a chest piece. I’ll give my artist a concept and let him draw it. I have this weird OCD thing where I have to balance everything. If I get one arm done I have to get the other arm done. It’s just a weird thing that grew into the big, tattooed body you see now.
It’s almost like a very strong sense of pride.
I love my body. I’ve said, at times, that I regret my tattoos. I’ve accepted that this is who I am. I look at the years of artwork on me and it really is something to appreciate.
You have tattoos in some very sensitive areas. Do any stand out as being particularly painful?
I’m a very tough cookie but my armpits made me cry. It wasn’t an emotional cry. It was just, “SHIT, THIS HURTS!” That was painful. The back of the knees was really bad. Top of the feet was bad. Shins were bad. Kneecaps were bad. Inner thigh was really bad. I just think about the beautiful artwork I’m having done and hope I never have to have it retouched!
Aside from any career situations, how are you doing personally?
I’m in a really good place right now. It’s the first time I’ve ever felt really comfortable in being me. I love being home with my kids. I love taking them to school. I love little league baseball. I get to step back into what makes me happy – the adult entertainment stuff, performing in dance clubs. I get to come back and be a mom. I’m working on a reality show right now. So much is in the future and I’m really excited about what’s coming up.
Any words of wisdom or maybe something you’ve learned over the past year?
As some general advice for everybody, don’t be scared to step outside the box and try something different. Do what you think is going to make you happy. Fuck the haters. Fuck everybody that has something negative to say. There are no mistakes in life. Things happen for a reason. Be open to change – happiness is right there!