Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, premiered its pilot episode on VH1 Monday night. Each program is half hour in length sans commercial interruptions. But due to his documented health issues, more episodes are to be filmed and air if and when possible. This was made clear to viewers at the beginning.
The Rocker Is Torn Between Family and Career on the Pilot Episode of Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It
The rocker opens the show by quipping that his life has been “one hell of an insane roller coaster ride.” The lead singer talks briefly about his life, where he comments that his parents told him he could be what he wanted to be. He got his wish and lived the rock and roll life, which went out of control and was documented in video.
Kristi has been with Bret off and on since 1993, and they have two daughters together, Raine and Jorja. He’s surprisingly at home for the weekend in the pilot of Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, and helps make breakfast for his family. He then takes his girls on a ride in a golf cart so his oldest could meet the school bus. He takes care of Jorja, while Kristi gets a “girl day”. The Poison singer isn’t happy that his swearing has rubbed off on his youngest. After Raine gets home, Bret Michaels takes the sisters to Cracker Jack (with bumper cars, bungee jumping), where he meets various adoring fans. Later, the Poison lead singer helps his oldest daughter with homework, which involves a paper about him and his job as a rocker. He sets the record straight on claiming that he’s never pooped in a bucket on stage “technically.”
Kristi Expresses Dismay Over Her Situation on Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, the Pilot Episode
Kristi meets with her friend Julie, and confides that’s he’s not as committed as a boyfriend as he is a father. This is a prime cause in the on again, off again relationship. She’s not happy with him going on tour again (this is before his cerebral hemorrhage), but she’s also ambivalent about him being around all the time and even the idea of exclusivity. But when she comes home for dinner, she appreciates the family time until he rests on the couch.
But his quiet time is interrupted when Michaels has to leave early for his tour. His daughters take it hard, especially Jorja. Kristi tells him that she’s tired of the on again, off again status, of being alone. Brett Michaels agrees, but he’s committed to his job first. The family goes with him to the private jet to say goodbye as the show ends.
Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It had an auspicious beginning, but to repeat, his health issues and other commitments have left the show in limbo for now, though Fall 2010 could see more shows.
Pilot, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, May 31, 2010, VH1