BRET MICHAELS sounds off on life, love and "Custom Built"

Date July 20, 2010 / 624 reads

Denise Quan of CNN recently conducted an interview with Bret Michaels. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

CNN: When did you have time to record an album? Rumor has it you've been a little busy.

Bret Michaels: The new album, "Custom Built," we started working on long before I got sick. The album was originally supposed to come out in March or April, and then I got sick. Not only does it have a bunch of brand-new, original material -- it also has my song, "Every Rose Has its Thorn." I did a real rootsy, kind of cool version of that on here, and then I redid a Sublime song called "What I Got." Its lyrics are relevant in my life: "Love is what I got, so remember that."

CNN: Do you think being hit by the scenery at the Tonys contributed [to the brain hemorrhage]?

Michaels: Two different doctors at Vanderbilt looked at it, and they said, "Well, without a doubt, you broke your nose." There were a couple things that happened that were superficial, and who cares, you know what I'm saying? But the other side of it is -- let's tell the truth. Insurance companies immediately want to clear it under the table because most head injuries don't really present themselves or show for what could be two years, a year -- you don't really know.

But can I say specifically that I know that that's what caused it? No. I could never say that's what did it. But did it contribute to it? Probably.

CNN: So are you thinking about possibly getting married now?

Michaels: There's rumors of that out there. Uh, it's a work in progress. Can I leave it at that?

CNN: But isn't it always a work in progress? I mean, I watched "Rock of Love."

Michaels: Listen, we've already got the babies out of the way, do you know what I mean? Kristi and I already have kids.

CNN: What is it about marriage that you're afraid or, or don't want?

Michaels: Let me say this. Marriage is the finest thing any two people can do if they're good at it, right? I love my kids. I love Kristi. I respect her. We love each other.

We've been together for a very long time, on and off. And the truth of the matter is you don't have a brain hemorrhage and want to be married. That's not how it works. I don't want her to think that that's the reason I would do it. You do it out of love. I have never found in my life that you needed a piece of paper to be in love. I would love to be married. I just don't know when that day's going to be.