Kari Forsee from The Oprah Winfrey Show talked to Bret Michaels. A few excerpts from the chat follow below:
KF: In your upcoming VH1 reality series, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know, you invite cameras inside your home. Why did you decide to do that?
BM: It's a little tough for me because I've never really done that. ... What you see on TV is what you get off. When we were doing the Rock of Love stuff, and I was at sort of a crossroads between dating and obviously trying to be a good father to my kids and work out my on-again, off-again relationship with [my girlfriend] Kristi. But through that, I think what they saw?and this is what they said?is they saw was this person who had a lot more to offer than just being drunk and sucking face. They're like, "There's so much more of that we want to show."
KF: Do you think it's harder to be a rock star or the father of two daughters?
BM: Being the dad of two daughters. Here's the thing, I love it because it presents a whole new set of challenges. I've learned to negotiate. I've become a better businessperson negotiating with my kids. I've learned all my negotiating skills from two daughters. ... I take it into my [meetings] with agents and promoters and managers. The rock 'n' roll world, on one side, is absolutely great because you're living out your dream, but on the other side, there's a lot of sleaze involved.
KF: The detail-oriented aspect of your personality has helped you get to the finals on Celebrity Apprentice. What has that experience been like for you?
BM: It's been a great experience. I got to be around, first of all, a lot of amazing people all of whom are successful in their own right. ... I tell you what my blessing was and why I think I have done so well thus far. I forgot about everything else, but what Donald Trump asked us to do. Whatever the task was, I stopped worrying about sleep, food anything and said, "This is all I've got to do is be creative and find a way to get this done." I forgot that the cameras were there and threw myself into every project they asked us to do.
KF: Were your daughters thrilled when you did the duet "Nothin' to Lose" with Miley Cyrus?
BM: They loved it. She's talked to them on the phone a few times, and obviously, they've been to her concerts. We've been friends with her family for a long time, and Miley, as I've said, I truly believe she is a talented musician and will make that very tough transition from what we'll call "tween star" or "teen star" into being a real music star, because the girl can play (...)
KF: What do you want your legacy to be?
BM: I'm hoping that I was able to rock the world. In doing it, I was able to take it to the heights, but also be a very, down to earth, grounded Pittsburghian. ... You hope, when it's all said and done, you made some good friends along the way.
KF: And gave us some great music.
BM: And left some good music behind.
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