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Bret Michaels Undergoes Heart Surgery | Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels Undergoes Heart Surgery

Originally posted 01/25/2011 07:30AM

Bret Michaels had surgery on Monday to repair a hole in his heart – an operation that had been planned for some time and went well.

"Bret Michaels underwent a successful heart procedure today at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix," the hospital said in a statement. "Michaels is currently recuperating at St. Joseph's where he remains for observation in ICU."

The hole in his heart was discovered last May, after Michaels, 47, suffered a mini-stroke.

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Bret Michaels: Being Engaged Feels Awesome | Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels: Being Engaged Feels Awesome

Originally posted 12/21/2010 03:30PM

Yep, he did it.

"They swore I was the guy who would never," Bret Michaels, who asked his on-off girlfriend of 16 years Kristi Gibson to be his wife on the Monday night finale of his VH1 reality show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, tells PEOPLE. "And it feels awesome."

The rocker had been thinking about proposing but couldn't seem to find the right moment. It seemed like everyone was geared up for it to happen at the anniversary dinner the night before at Mastro's, but Michaels, 47, felt like there were too many waiters and other patrons milling around.

"I wasn't ready there because I felt really strange," he says. "It would've been like, I'm in the middle of proposing and oh, by the way, there's a Cobb salad coming."

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Bret Michaels and Kristi Gibson Are Engaged – Finally!

UpdatePosted 12/21/2010 12:00PM

Bret Michaels and Kristi Gibson Are Engaged – Finally!

Originally posted 12/21/2010 05:30AM

It's no longer only a tease: Bret Michaels asked his on-off girlfriend of 16 years, Kristi Gibson, to marry him on Monday night's finale of his VH1 reality show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It – and she said yes!

The first thing they did afterwards? Tell their daughters, Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5, the great news.

The rock star told them, "I did it! We'll all be together forever! Family hug!"

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Will Bret Michaels Propose to His Girlfriend on TV?

Will Bret Michaels Propose to His Girlfriend on TV?

Originally posted 12/20/2010 03:15PM

The question has been looming all season on VH1's Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It: Is the rock star ready to take the next step with Kristi Gibson, his on-off girlfriend of 16 years?

If a teaser for Monday's finale is any indication, that decision won't be without conflict: In the clip, Gibson is shown handing him what Michaels calls her "friendship with mega benefits" ring he gave her a couple years ago, saying, "I told you before that this means nothing."

Later in the clip, the rocker says, "There's something I want to ask you." But, whatever happens, Michaels tells PEOPLE the way it unfolds is very realistic.

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PEOPLE's Most Intriguing Newsmakers Revealed

PEOPLE's Most Intriguing Newsmakers Revealed

Originally posted 12/15/2010 08:00AM

For Sandra Bullock, 2010 was the year that changed everything: She became a mother to son Louis, ended her five-year marriage to Jesse James and reached new career heights with her emotional Oscar win for The Blind Side.

It's only fitting, then, that the superstar, 46, scored the top spot as Woman of the Year in PEOPLE's new Year-End issue. Of the actress's life-altering 2010, says a source, "Bad things happen, but she celebrates the good ones. And Louis is a wonderful celebration of good things."

Also making the cut as the year's most intriguing figures:

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Bret Michaels Previews 'Scary' Days Following Heart Surgery

Bret Michaels Previews 'Scary' Days Following Heart Surgery

Originally posted 12/09/2010 09:05AM

Sure, Bret Michaels knows there are risks surrounding his upcoming surgery to repair a hole in his heart. But as harrowing as the prospect of going under the knife is, Michaels is characteristically upbeat.

"I gotta tell ya, I'm very positive," the rocker tells PEOPLE of the surgery, which is expected to happen in January. "I feel positive they're going to do an amazing job. They've done thousands of these operations."

Michaels will have the operation at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, a place he's regrettably familiar with. The diabetic music man has been put through the wringer, first with an emergency appendectomy in April, followed shortly thereafter by a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, then a mini-stroke in May, which is when doctors found the hole in his heart.

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Rocker Feud! Tommy Lee, Bret Michaels Face Off Over Tour | Bret Michaels

Rocker Feud! Tommy Lee, Bret Michaels Face Off Over Tour

Originally posted 11/17/2010 11:45AM

It's a battle of the bands!

After Bret Michaels told the crowd at his recent Windsor, Ont., concert that he would try to return to the city next year during a joint Poison-Mötley Crüe tour, Tommy Lee and Mötley Crüe management are insisting the longtime rival rockers will not be hitting the road together.

On Tuesday, when a Twitter follower asked Lee if the rumor of a 2011 tour was true, the drummer – who is among the guys in featured in PEOPLE's new Sexiest Man Alive issue – tweeted back a definite "NO!"

Eric Sherman, President of Tenth Street Entertainment, Mötley Crüe 's management tells PEOPLE that Michaels knows there is no tour and that "he's trying to will it."

He adds that fans of the band (who will celebrate their 30th anniversary next year) can vote on Motley.com for who they would like to see on the bill.

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Bret Michaels: I Didn't Have an Affair with Miley Cyrus's Mom | Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels: I Didn't Have an Affair with Miley Cyrus's Mom

Originally posted 11/09/2010 06:20PM

Don't blame Bret Michaels.

The rocker denied rumors that he had an affair with Miley Cyrus's mother, Tish, who last month split from Billy Ray Cyrus after 17 years of marriage.

When asked on Fox & Friends if he'd had an affair with Tish, Michaels replied, "The answer is no."

"I've been friends with her family forever," Michaels added. "It started out with me and Miley simply working on a song together. Her mom, Tish, likes "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," the first concert Miley ever saw was Poison, and so they wanted to remake it for the new record."

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Bret Michaels Calls His New TV Show 'Unprotected Reality'

Bret Michaels Calls His New TV Show 'Unprotected Reality'

Originally posted 10/06/2010 12:30PM

You can't keep a good man down – especially not Bret Michaels.

The rocker, who suffered from a brain hemorrhage and small warning stroke earlier this year, is coming back to reality TV on Oct. 18 with a new VH1 show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.

"The show balances both of my passions," Michaels, 47, told PEOPLE before entertaining tailgaters at the NFL's Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots game in south Florida this week. "Viewers will see me interacting with my family and making music on the road."

Unlike his previous reality TV ventures The Apprentice and Rock of Love, the new show will a look into the rocker’s family life with daughters Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5, and their mother, Kristi Gibson, who has been Michaels's on again-off again girlfriend for the past 16 years.

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Bret Michaels & Kristi Gibson Engagement More Likely Than Ever

Bret Michaels & Kristi Gibson Engagement More Likely Than Ever

Originally posted 08/24/2010 01:00PM

Las Vegas doesn't have official odds on whether Bret Michaels and Kristi Gibson will finally get engaged. But Michaels says it's a better bet than ever.

The chances that he and his on-and-off girlfriend of 16 years will decide to marry are now about "50/50," the rocker told PEOPLE on Monday in Vegas. That's way up from the past few years – his VH1 Rock of Love days – when the odds were probably 1 in 100, he says.

"We've been talking a lot about getting engaged, and we'll see what happens," said Michaels, 47, who was in Sin City to co-host the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant. "We just want to make sure we're not doing it for anyone other than ourselves."

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