Michaels Engaged

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December 21, 2010 | 11:35am EST

Rocker Bret Michaels is engaged to marry his longtime girlfriend after 16 years of dating.
The Poison star, 47, proposed to Kristi Gibson, 39, during the final episode of his reality TV show Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It, which aired on Monday night.

Michaels said, “I want you to know that I love you, and you’ve been unbelievably a big part of my life and we have two beautiful girls together. I know we love and respect each other and I hope we can find that inner love that we can have forever. I want you to be my wife.”

He then jokingly added, “Please say yes or the rejection will kill me right now.”

Gibson grinned and accepted his proposal as he slid a ring on her finger. She later added, “I thought this day would never come and he doesn’t realize how happy he’s just made me.”

The couple has been together since the 1990s and they are parents to two daughters.

The happy news means Michaels ends 2010 on a high after a tumultuous year which saw him suffer a number of health setbacks including an appendectomy, a brain haemorrhage and a mild stroke. He will go under the knife in January for an operation to repair a hole in his heart.

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