WALTERS: How do you think that Senator Ted Kennedy would feel about your election?
WALTERS: Do you think he'd be disappointed?
BROWN: Well, we had a relationship prior to this, and he was always very friendly and always would ask who's the better singer, my daughter or me. I know when I spoke to his wife, she was the first person I called. And I -- she was -- she was very gracious and appreciative. So I'll leave that up to, you know -- if he's watching, I'll, you know, maybe he'll kind of let us know how he feels.
WALTERS: I'd like to talk a little bit about your growing up, your youth. Your parents divorced when you were a year old. Each –
BROWN: I'm not going to cry, by the way. OK. Just...
WALTERS: How do you know I'm not going to make you cry?
WALTERS: I'm not going to try to, Senator. OK?
WALTERS: Each of your parents were married four times, and you've described them as having a violent marriage. At one point, you talked about when you were five or six years old having to feel you had to save our mom, and your dad wasn't around very much. Difficult childhood.
How did this shape you?
BROWN: Well, first of all, my parents were both loving, and they still are. When they were divorced, I was one years old, but they were always there for me. When I referred to the violence in the home, it was with my mom's husband -- a couple of husbands. And I do remember getting up in the middle of the night and, you know, having to be the man of the family and come and rescue her and getting knocked around pretty good.
And it's made me appreciate my strong family and the fact that I have two great kids. I'm not going to cry. And, you know, I've learned from my parents' mistakes to do everything that they may have done wrong.
WALTERS: In an interview to the Boston Globe back in 1982, you said, "Sometimes...
BROWN: Marian Christy, if I'm not mistaken.
WALTERS: Yeah. "Sometimes, I think I'm being tested by a higher being. When things are going great, I think of it as a reward from heaven."
Do you still think your winning is a reward from heaven?
BROWN: Obviously, I was 22 years old there and thrust in the spotlight because of what I did with the Cosmo thing.
I believe in God, and I am very thankful for the things that I've, you know, been blessed with. Is there -- is there a higher being that's looking out for people? I hope so. I'm hopeful.
WALTERS: The Cosmopolitan Magazine. Well it just so happens, I have it.
BROWN: Great. I'm sure you do.
BROWN: Really? You're kidding, right?
WALTERS: Here. I really do. I have the magazine.
BROWN: Oh, yeah. The good old days. Do you want me to sign it?
WALTERS: Actually -- I want you -- well, it's a thought. I could -- I could then sell it for a lot.
BROWN: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
WALTERS: But this is...
WALTERS: ... the actual picture.
WALTERS: It's a -- it's a...
BROWN: I wish I still looked like that.
WALTERS: Well I'm not going to ask you to prove it. But this is pretty -- this is pretty raw stuff. OK. So...
BROWN: That's Cosmo -- 1982 Cosmo. Let's not get carried away here.
WALTERS: But at the economic conference in Davos, some of the foreign leaders -- that just took place last week -- were referring to you as that "nude magazine guy."