Well, it only took 16 years, two kids, a brain hemorrhage, stroke, and a hole in his heart, but Bret Michaels and his longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson are finally engaged. The two have been on-and-off for nearly two decades (yes, that's why we were able to receive the fine viewing pleasure of VH1's Rock of Love), but they've finally, finally, committed to each other. And ironically, it was on his other VH1 reality show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, that he popped the question. The Poison rocker got down on his knee and said,
I love you, and you've been unbelievably a big part of my life, and we have two beautiful girls together. I know we love and respect each other, and I hope that we can find that inner love that we have forever. And I want you to be my wife.
Who knew that reality shows could be so romantic?
This couple has truly withstood all odds. Kristi (presumably -- I know I would) sat there watching him meet women on a "finding love" reality show. Yet was still beside him as his body ailed, battling a brain hemorrhage, stroke, and hole in his heart. Or hey, maybe it was just those fake abs of his on the Billboard cover (kidding!). They obviously have a connection that can't easily be broken (even with the ever-so-tempting Tish Cyrus once in the picture -- ew, that image still gives me the creeps).
But even back in May, Bret's bachelor-heavy wall seemed to start to crumble, when he told People:
There's just so much more I want to do and experience. [Getting married], for sure, is something I have never done. Kristi's such a great person. We'll see if that happens. But yes, that may be one of the big things on the list.
So glad that Bret is finally hanging up his bachelor hat (bandanna?) and making his family of four official. Now who wants to place bets on the name of his next reality show?
What do you think of Bret and Kristi getting engaged?
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