When Brooke Shields was a freshman at Princeton University, she thought she’d met the man of her dreams: George Michael. He took her shopping and to a Grace Jones concert, complimented her clothes and was a complete gentleman.

“He was hot. He was sexy. He was a singer,” Shields reminisced onstage at the Tuesday debut of her cabaret show “In My Life,” at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. “I cried all semester [when he broke up with me].”

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In her defense, Shields adds, “I didn’t know.” (We’ll give her the benefit of the doubt — no one else did then either.)

After her performance, WWD joined the actress-cum-singer, dressed in a glittery black Donna Karan dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and Alexis Bittar jewelry, backstage for a quick chat.

WWD: What was your last big fashion purchase?
Brooke Shields:
Oh my God. I haven’t been shopping in so long. I went to American Eagle and bought stuff for my kids.

WWD: Do your daughters want to follow in your footsteps?
They don’t like being told what to do, so they’ll never make it in this business. They don’t have the patience for it.

WWD: Is there any TV show you wish you could be on?
I’d like to go back to [ABC’s] “The Middle” and play that character [Rita Glossner] again. I liked her. She was fun and trashy.

WWD: You recently found out you’re related to French royalty — King Louis XIV. Has this information changed you?
Nothing in my life changed. I still have to take the dog out.

WWD: You’ve had plenty of in-the-buff controversies. What’s your take on the controversy over Kim Kardashian’s nude photos in W Magazine?
Does she not know she wasn’t wearing any clothes?

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