Details You Didn't Know About Bret Michaels

In the '80s, Bret Michaels and his band Poison rose to prominence in the hair metal scene along with bands like Ratt, Dokken, and Motley Crue. By the 2000s, Michaels took on a new career as a reality TV star on the hit show, Rock of Love, where a house full of women competed for a chance at love with the legendary rock singer. In between his peaks in fame, Michaels has battled some serious issues, including surviving a serious car wreck in the '90s and being shot at while on his tour bus in the 2000s. And no matter the setbacks or achievements in Michaels' life, the "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" singer has been humble and remembered where he came from. According to Showbiz Cheatsheet, during an Ask Me Anything forum on Reddit, a former producer of Rock of Love wrote what it was like working with Michaels, saying: "He was an amazing, genuine guy. So caring, blessed with great manners, and always had a smile on his face, even when he was hungover."

Bret Michaels does a lot of charitable work

Michaels has spent much of his time giving to charities and doing philanthropic work for those in need. After getting his music career off the ground in the '80s, Michaels — who's been a lifelong diabetic — decided to help children suffering from illnesses like his own. In an interview with Global News, Michaels explained what made him develop his need to help others, saying: "I got my entrepreneurial, freestyle spirit from my parents. (My dad is a veteran, and I have massive respect for all vets, past and currently serving.) Anyway, I was the only diabetic kid in my entire elementary school, and they started a diabetic camp, and that's where my philanthropy came from. I would go there every year, at camp or as a counselor." The singer would later send other diabetic kids to a similar camp, work with Make-A-Wish Foundation, and form the Life Rocks Foundation.

Bret Michaels' humble beginnings and determination to succeed

Bret Michaels' struggles with diabetes also shaped his work ethic and need to succeed. In an interview with Music News in 2020, Michaels mentioned the hard times he experienced, turning negatives into positives, saying: "From the beginning I was always a guy who thinks positive. I find a way to get it done. When I would run out of insulin and my parents would have to help, or they couldn't send it out in time, I would literally go down to the clinics in Hollywood and they'd give me insulin. It all made me resilient and determined, and most importantly, grateful when the second half came along."

When Michaels and his bandmates in Poison were beginning to rise in popularity, they did so as an independent band, doing much of the work a major record label would normally do. Bret Michaels couldn't have been more proud of their early days, toughing it out while climbing to the top, saying: "My big signing day and signing party for Look What the Cat Dragged (Poison's debut studio album, released August 2, 1986) was sitting on a floor in El Segundo, California shrink wrapping my own albums. You know those stories about private jets and limos? I'd love to tell you that happened, but none of that happened."