Category: VH1

'I think he'll outlive us all,' Bret Michaels' sister says

Michaels 1993 Bret Michaels is moving steadily ahead in his recovery from a brain hemorrhage a week ago, his sister Michelle Sychak told a Nebraska radio show Wednesday.

She said he's coherent and his speech isn't slurred, reports MTV, which has an audio clip from the interview. "[He] does sound like Bret," she said. "Truth be told, I think he'll outlive us all."

The Thursday health update on Michaels' Facebook page made this point: "If a patient survives the initial rupture, the first 7 to 10 days after are the most critical as an additional rupture or other complications may arise."

A VH1 special featuring fan sentiments airs at 11 p.m. Thursday -- that's tonight -- and on Tuesday doctors will explain Michaels' condition, treatment and prognosis at a press conference, according to notes on his Facebook page.

His camp also announced today that he is aiming to be back on tour by May 26.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: We're tired of all the same pictures of Bret Michaels! So here he is on July 8, 1993, performing at Glen Helen Pavilion in Devore. Credit: Jonathan Alcorn / For The Los Angeles Times. 

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Love ya, babe. Um, hey, gotta go: The Brooke Barlow story

My Antonio Who is Brooke Barlow, and why should you care?

It's all about "My Antonio." Brooke -- a 30-year-old nurse from Jackson, Miss., who seems likely to stumble into a new career at some point -- was chosen to be the “true love” of “General Hospital" alum and Calvin Klein underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr. on the “My Antonio” reality series finale Sunday night on VH1.

Now, through the magic of the interwebs, helped by the fact that "My Antonio" was shot way back in January, we have learned almost immediately, courtesy of VH1, that all is not sunshine and unicorns in the Land of Antonio-and-Brooke-K-I-S-S-I-N-G.

According to Brooke, it was a little tough for the relationship to flower when any date in public was a possible spoiler. So, well, they “haven’t spoken in probably two, three months.”

The VH1 interview is pretty sweet, actually, with dish on Sabato’s life with his kids and Brooke’s thoughts about some of the other 12 contestants. If you missed the “reality” as it unfolded and can’t wait to wallow in knowing what’s really going to happen to the radiant Ms. Barlow, VH1 will replay the “My Antonio” finale again (and again and again) Monday night.

But get this: If you’d been watching “My Antonio” all along, you could have had your own "My Antonio" Fantasy Team. It looks to have been sort of like fantasy football, with fewer players, and you score whenever one of your team members gets her heart broken and is subjected to public humiliation.

I feel slightly less guilty now regarding the “American Idol” pool at work.

Oh yeah, the answer to that “why should you care” thingy? Love ya, babe. Um, hey, gotta go …

-- Christie D’Zurilla

Photo credit: Piotr Sikora / VH1


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