Bret Michaels was born Bret Michael Sychak in 1963 in a small town outside of Pittsburgh:
Despite being diagnosed with diabetes at the age of six, his childhood passed uneventfully. He began playing guitar as a teenager and joined many bands before forming Poison, a glam metal band, which gained in popularity before moving to Los Angeles. Bret Michaels became the band’s bouncy frontman:
Poison penned many hits such as Unskinny Bop and um right! As was common in the 80s, Bret Michaels fell prey to the usual sex and drugs and rock and roll debauchery:
And then, over a decade later, Bret Michaels reinvented himself as a glam metal frontman! A glam metal frontman in the market for a wife! And so he became the subject of the reality television show Rock of Love:
This past year has been a busy one for Bret Michaels, who suffered a variety of things, including a stint on Celebrity Apprentice, and a subarachnoid hemorrhage in his brain.
It was mounting concerns regarding his health that landed Bret Michaels on the Aunt Oprah show recently:
During his interview, Bret Michaels became choked up and explained that he never lost hope, not even during his extended hospital stay:
Included in the Oprah interview was Bret’s girlfriend and the mother of his two children, who feels as though Bret’s been given a second chance, which mirrors their own recent reconciliation:
Bret’s medical condition remains tenuous, as he recently suffered another stroke, and then something worse than a stroke, which was his guest appearance on American Idol.
We wish you the best, Bret Michaels! Be well.