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Bret Michaels, Kristi Gibson call off engagement, separate

July 30, 2012|By Christie D'Zurilla
  • Bret Michaels and Kristi Gibson, shown at an event last year, announced Monday that they had separated.
Bret Michaels and Kristi Gibson, shown at an event last year, announced… (Darryl Webb / Associated…)

Bret Michaels has taken a page from "The Bachelor" playbook: Get engaged in a big way to cap a reality-TV season, get un-engaged quietly in the pages of a magazine down the line.

Michaels — Poison frontman, "Celebrity Apprentice" winner, brain-hemorrhage survivor, pet-gear impresario — has broken it off with longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson, whom he proposed to on "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It" in late 2010, after what was then 16 years together.

"Although the couple have separated they remain great friends and are committed to jointly raising their two daughters," a Michaels rep told People on Monday.

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The rocker always seemed a bit reluctant when it came to saying "I do," telling the mag before the engagement episode aired, "Love and marriage are the ultimate, but I still get a little sweaty about the marriage thing."

So much for no sweat.

Michaels and Gibson have two kids together, Raine, 12, and Jorja, 7.

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