Last week, “Transformers” hottie Megan Fox got her male fans all in a cold sweat when she recounted her fling with a bisexual stripper. A newspaper reporter from Palm Beach, Florida, tracked down Megan’s mother in Vero Beach and asked her about her daughter. As you might imagine, poor mom was mortified, and she gave some humorous insight into Megan’s upbringing – she also spilled the beans on Megan’s status with her 90210-boyfriend, Brian Austin Green.
Darlene Tonachio, 56, happens to live in Vero Beach. She’s a real estate sales agent specializing in trailer parks, and she manages a retirement community near Naples.
“I love my daughter dearly,” said Tonachio who, believe it or not when you look at her picture, was made a grandma twice over by her other daughter. “But Megan is, well, Megan. She’s open and honest. She’s a real person, which is refreshing. I know she has a good sense of humor, and I take this interview in that context.
“Is it all true? I don’t know. It’s possible she made it up just like it’s possible that it happened. I doesn’t really matter to me.”
Which led to this question about Megan’s affinity for strip bars. Fox, a frequent dweller in diverse “Hot” lists, spreads around another story in LaLaLand. According to a source, Megan first walked into a bosom bazaar at age 16 when, as a junior at St. Lucie West Centennial High School, she and friends trekked south to Club Peekaboo in Lake Worth.
There, the story goes, precocious Megan delighted everyone with gyrations at the proverbial pole – while keeping on her clothes.
“I doubt that she did that while living with us,” said Mom, “The poor child was grounded most of her life. She’d be punished for something silly, and she’d mess up again before her grounding period was over. So we’d tack time on.”
Tonachio, meanwhile, said it feels “totally surreal” to be the mom of an actress often described as the next Angelina Jolie.
“As a mom, I look at Megan as my baby girl,” she said. “It’s hard to believe that other people look at her like in that way (as a sexpot).”
Tonachio explained Fox, known for her piercing baby blues, started getting attention from movie types while still at St. Lucie West. So, Tonachio decided to move the family to Los Angeles while Megan finished school through correspondence courses.
Mom returned to the Treasure Coast last year while Megan stayed behind, steaming up the big screen in 2007 when she first appeared in the blockbuster Transformers leaning into the engine of a Camaro.
“When I saw that scene at the premiere, I went ‘Wow,’ ” Tonachio recalled. “I knew that would bring her some attention. But I thought it’d be with boys 12 to 16. I didn’t realize that the age range would go from 5-year-olds to 45-year-old men.”
Speaking of dudes, Fox is hooked up with Brian Austin Green, one of the stars of the 1990s series Beverly Hills, 90210.
“Actually, they’re engaged,” says mom. “They don’t have a wedding date, but I like him. He’s a little bit older, but that brings Megan some stability.”
Aren’t moms totally embarrassing? If I were famous, I would not let my mother anywhere near the press. I am not at all surprised to hear that young Megan was grounded most of her childhood – she seems like the textbook bad girl troublemaker! But she does seem like she’d be kind of fun- as long as you didn’t leave your boyfriend alone with her or anything.
Megan Fox is shown at the Eagle Eye premiere on 9/16/08. Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos