Bret Michaels Was Watching Busty Cops 3 When He Hemorrhaged

Entertainment May. 20, 2010 AT 2:50PM
Bret Michaels Was Watching Busty Cops 3 When He Hemorrhaged Credit: AP Photo/Gus Ruelas

What was Bret Michaels watching on TV when he suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in April?

"I was going back and forth from SportsCenter to Busty Cops 3," admits the recovering rocker, 47, to Rolling Stone. Michaels spent two weeks recovering in an Arizona hospital. "Maybe that's what did it!"

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Michaels is still in contention to win Celebrity Apprentice this Sunday. Of his fellow contestants, he says, "None of them thought I was going to get out of bed... I said it on the show: Don't mistake my kindness for weakness."

The Poison frontman has been listening to a mix of classic rock like Aerosmith, Kiss, AC/DC and Don McLean's "American Pie" as he bounces back.

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"When I heard lines like, 'This'll be the day that I die' ... I get chills just thinking about it," he tells Rolling Stone.

Michaels teared up on The Oprah Winfrey Show Wednesday discussing his daughters, Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5, with ex girlfriend Kristi Lynn Gibson.  He said that doctors told Gibson the night he was rushed to the emergency room, "'It's not good news...I heard you two talking about having daughters. You might want to say goodbye to them.'"

While hospitalized and undergoing tests, Michaels told Winfrey, "I [was] just asking God, 'You've got to let me live through this,...I was doing a lot of asking at that point. [I thought]: 'I know I've done a lot of rotten things. I'm asking for a break here, and if you could cut me a break just this time, I promise I'll be better in the future.'"

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Doctors say they still don't know what caused a blood vessel to burst in Michaels' brain. (Michaels suffers from Type 1 diabetes, and had had his appendix removed in April as well.) About 400,000 people suffer spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhages, according to his his neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Zabramski -- and Michaels is among the "lucky 20 percent" who make a full recovery."

"I'm just appreciative to be here and have such great family around me, great friends and a great medical team," Michaels said. "[I] thank the good Lord or guardian angel -- whoever is watching over me -- that it didn't take me out."

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