Paula Deen on Losing Everything: ‘I’m Still Alive’

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It's been nine months since Paula Deen apologized for using discriminatory remarks in a legal deposition, and now the celebrity chef is opening up about the controversy in the latest issue of People, on newsstands Friday.

"When I woke up each morning, it was like my world was crashing down again," she told the mag.

While she might have felt like she had hit rock bottom and her career was unsalvageable, things are starting to look up for the cookbook author. Her son, Bobby Deen, spoke to "The Insider" about his family’s positive outlook and new opportunities on the horizon.

"That doesn't define my mother, or our family or who we are," Bobby said. "And we're looking forward to 2014 because there's a lot of good work coming, there's a lot of things we are excited about. My mom is feeling and looking really good."

Paula seems to be working toward regaining her fans' trust and is focused on rebooting her business in a big way. She landed an investment opportunity that's reportedly worth $75 million and recently announced that she is opening up a restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, called Paula Deen's Family Kitchen.

"I'm fighting to get my name back … I used to have dreams that I lost everything," she told People. "And when it finally happens, you think, 'I'm still alive.'"

The 62-year-old is also sympathizing with an unlikely sports star — NFL prospect Michael Sam. She told the mag, "It's like that black football player who recently came out … he said, 'I just want to be known as a football player. I don't want to be known as a gay football player.' I know exactly what he's saying."

Check out this video to see how Paula Deen is plotting her career comeback, and tune in to "The Insider" tonight for the latest in entertainment news!