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Bret Michaels engaged to girlfriend Kristi Gibson -- finally

December 22, 2010 | 11:28 am

Bret Michaels engaged to Kristi Gibson Bret Michaels, the heavy metal rocker turned reality TV star, is engaged to longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson after proposing to her on his show "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It."

In the episode, which aired Monday, 47-year-old Michaels got down on one knee and proposed to Gibson, 39, adding, "Please say yes, or the rejection will kill me right now."

"The Apprentice" winner, who's had a terrible year health-wise, will undergo surgery in January to repair a hole in his heart. The hole, there since birth, was discovered as he recovered from a massive brain hemorrhage on April 23, 10 days after an emergency appendectomy.

"Love and marriage are the ultimate, but I still get a little sweaty about the marriage thing," Michaels told People before the show aired. 

One problem is solved: "I can't believe that after 16 years, I'm still calling Bret my boyfriend," Gibson said previously on the show. So, problem solved?

They have two kids together: Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Poison frontman Bret Michaels tosses flowers to the crowd as he performs at the finish line of a charity marathon and half-marathon to benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America held in Las Vegas on Dec. 5, 2010. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images