"I'm just appreciative to be here and have such great family around me, great friends and a great medical team," he says. "[I] thank the good Lord or guardian angel—whoever is watching over me—that it didn't take me out."
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After 16 years of ups, downs and dating shows, Bret says he and Kristi are now closer than ever. "It's really brought us together. ... She is a fantastic person and unbelievable human being," he says. "As they say, 'Being with a music man ain't always what it's supposed to be.' Sometimes it's glamorous. Other times it's months and months and months on the road."
Bret and Kristi took time off from their relationship while he filmed three seasons of Rock of Love, which he says he doesn't regret. "I'm thankful I got to meet a lot of unbelievably fun and/or crazy girls and women on that show," he says. "But at the same time, I'm so glad that Kristi and I, our bond is even stronger now."
As Bret begins the long recovery process, he's focused on being a good father and boyfriend, making music and working on upcoming projects, including a new reality series for VH1, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.
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