Bret Michael Sychak — better known as Bret Michaels — was born on March 15, 1963, in Butler, Penn. Best known as the lead singer of the metal band, Poison, Michaels has also dated Pamela Anderson and starred on several reality shows.
Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 6 years old; his eldest daughter (with fiance Kristi Lynn Gibson, whom he proposed to in 2010) was born in 2000 and is borderline diabetic. They are also parents to Jorja Bleu, born in 2005.
In 2007, Michaels began filming VH1’s bachelor-style reality dating show, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.Despite picking Jes Rickleff as his winner, the couple didn’t last and a second season of Rock of Love was filmed in 2008. In 2009, a third season — Rock of Love Bus — aired on TV.
Michaels appeared in the third season of Celebrity Apprentice in 2010 and won — earning $250,000 for the American Diabetes Association.
However, during the filming of Celebrity Apprentice, Michaels underwent an emergency appendectomy. Days after being released from the hospital, Michaels was hospitalized again after suffering from a massive brain hemorrhage. The rocker underwent surgery to repair a hole in his heart in January 2011.
Despite his frequent hospitalizations, Michaels made a live appearance on the finale of Celebrity Apprentice in May, beating out Holly Robinson Peete.