Monday, July 30, 2012

Global 2012: Bret Michaels & His Long-Time Rock Of Love Call Off Engagement

English: Bret Michaels with Poison at the Moon...English: Bret Michaels with Poison at the Moondance Jam on July 11, 2008 in Walker, Minnesota. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Back in December 2010, on the finale of the first and only season of Bret Michaels' family-friendly VH1 reality show, "Life As I Know It," the reformed rocker proposed to his long-suffering on/off girlfriend of 18 years, Kristi Gibson. Viewers were supposed to assume that after years of cavorting with whiskey-guzzling groupies (sometimes on-air, on his arguably more entertaining but much less family-friendly VH1 show, "Rock Of Love"), Bret's many serious health problems had led to some sort of epiphany, and he'd now finally realized that Kristi was his real rock of love all along. But on Monday, Bret's publicist, Joanna Mignano, announced that the couple have called off their engagement. Mignano's statement declared that Bret and Kristi will "remain great friends and are committed to jointly raising" their young daughters, Raine Elizabeth and Jorja Bleu.

And despite Bret's above-mentioned optimistic statement to People, even when he was proposing to Kristi on the air in 2010, it seemed like a coldly made-for-TV event, little more than a no-brainer setup for a second season of "Life As I Know It"--one which would presumably chronicle Bret's cold cowboy-booted feet leading up to his nuptials, then culminate in a two-part, "Scott Baio Is 46 and Pregnant"-style wedding finale, complete with a tearful final scene in which the couple would slow-dance to "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." I'd even wondered if Daisy De La Hoya, that crazy lady Brittany (the one who hoarded sweatsocks on the "Rock Of Love" bus), or Bret's rumored ex-love interest Tish Cyrus (Miley's mom) would bumrush the ceremony at the crucial "speak now or forever your peace" moment (with bouncer Big John intrepidly intervening). That would have been some awesome television, for sure--but sadly, it was not meant to be.

Even more sadly--and obviously more seriously--it is a shame that after almost two decades together, Bret and Kristi could not make their relationship work on- or offscreen, especially since they have a family together. But on the bright side, maybe this means there will soon be a fourth season of VH1's "Rock Of Love." So stay tuned...
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