Bret Michaels Says He’s ‘Not Engaged’…Yet
July 14, 2010
Bret Michaels is denying a report that he popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Kristi Lynn Gibson.
“No. We are not engaged yet,” said Michaels on CBS’ “The Early Show,” where he appeared Wednesday morning (July 14) to promote his new album, “Custom Built.” “We’re a work in progress.”
Star reported otherwise on Tuesday, claiming that the Poison frontman proposed to Gibson after the Fourth of July weekend. An anonymous source told the gossip rag that Michaels was a changed man after suffering a brain hemorrhage in April and felt it was time to make a long-term commitment. “He’s woken up,” said the source. “He now knows he wants to be a husband.”
Though Gibson has been seen wearing a large diamond ring, Michaels said today that the rock does not represent an engagement. “[It’s] a promise ring … a friendship ring, with benefits,” Michaels said. “That’s what we call it.”
Gibson and Michaels have been dating on and off for 16 years and have two children — Raine Elizabeth, 10, and Jorja Bleu, 5.
In related news, Bret Michaels’ third solo full-length studio album “Custom Built” becomes his highest charting solo effort on the Billboard 200, entering at No. 14 with 22,000. The beleaguered Poison frontman’s only previous solo set to chart was 2008’s “Rock My World” which hit No. 40. As for Poison, the rock group has notched 11 albums on the Billboard 200 in its career, stretching back to 1986 when “Look What the Cat Dragged In” debuted. Michaels’ new set actually surpasses the peaks of Poison’s last eight entries. You have to scroll back to 1990’s No. 2 hit “Flesh and Blood” to find a higher-charting set.