Bret Michaels denies engagement report

Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:58am EDT
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By Megan Vick

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Bret Michaels is denying a report that he popped the question to the mother of his two daughters.

"No. We are not engaged yet," Michaels said on CBS' "The Early Show," where he appeared Wednesday to promote his new album, "Custom Built," the same day it debuted at No. 14 on the U.S. pop chart. "We're a work in progress."

The Star tabloid reported otherwise on Tuesday, claiming that the 47-year-old Poison frontman proposed to Kristi Lynn Gibson after the Fourth of July weekend. It quoted an anonymous source as saying that Michaels was a changed man after suffering a brain hemorrhage in April and felt it was time to make a long-term commitment. "He's woken up," said the source. "He now knows he wants to be a husband."

Though Gibson has been seen wearing a large diamond ring, Michaels said the rock does not represent an engagement.

"(It's) a promise ring ... a friendship ring, with benefits," Michaels said. "That's what we call it."

Gibson and Michaels have been dating on and off for 16 years and have two children -- Raine Elizabeth, 10, and Jorja Bleu, 5.

<p>Singer Bret Michaels performs on ABC's Good Morning America in New York June 18, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>