Johnny Weir's New Goal: To Sing at the VMAs

Johnny Weir's New Goal: To Sing at the VMAs
Johnny Weir
Juan Soliz/Pacific Coast News

updated 05/02/2010 at 06:00 PM EDT

originally published 05/03/2010 01:45PM

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir is making a big leap.

The three-time U.S. champion – who recently declared war with fellow skater Evan Lysacek – has been keeping very busy off the ice.

"I'm going to record a song in May, just for fun," Weir, 25, told PEOPLE at the Ice Theater of New York, where he opened the season on April 29. "I know I'm not a legitimate, real singer, but I can still rock it like Britney."

The song, called "Dirty Love," came about when a producer approached him after the Olympics, and Weir's got big dreams for it.




"I've been working a lot on my voice – if I only do one song in my life, I want it to be a huge success," he says. "My main goal is to perform it at the VMAs. I want to come out on a little circle of ice from underneath the stage or something crazy like that!"

Meanwhile, Weir, who says he's "unsure" if he'll continue to compete in figure skating, continues to do charity work (he's hosting the 88 for AIDS fundraiser to support the AIDS Walk in New York City May 6) and he's working on an upcoming book (due in January), which should prove to be just as dramatic as its author.

"It's my story and my side of things ... my values, the way I grew up and how that shaped me," says Weir. "I want to be very honest and frank about the politics of figure skating, the people and the behind-the-scenes dealings I've had. And [it's about] different relationships, whether it be a family member or someone I lost my virginity to," he adds with a laugh.


Weir is also considering a second season of his Sundance Channel series, Be Good Johnny Weir, and auditioning for an HBO film about the original reality-TV stars, Loud family.

"People talk about how trashy it is to use 15 minutes of fame, but I'm trying to pursue all of this in a professional way and do the best I can," says Weir. "I don' t care if I fail. I just have fun trying to do these things."

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