Bret MichaelsAfter nearly 17 years with Kristi GIbson, musician and reality TV star, Bret Michaels already felt like he was part of a family -- without being married.

Happy and fulfilled with his girlfriend and their two daughters, Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5, marriage seemed like another layer that
wasn't necessary, but that has all changed. Michaels finally asked his on-off girlfriend to marry him during the finale of his VH1 reality show, 'Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.'

"Kristi is perfect for me because she allows me to live and do the things I love to do," Michaels said. "She has her own life away from me and that is great."