It’s been a harrowing but, ultimately, hopeful month for Bret Michaels , who suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in late April, only to recover enough that he was able to tape an interview with Oprah Winfrey , airing Wednesday (May 19). Michaels is also set to appear on Sunday’s finale of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
It’s a dramatic turn of events for the Poison frontman, but it seems the 47-year-old star has always had a way of putting a theatrical spin on whatever he pursues.
“I lost my virginity around 17. It involved a motorcycle, a blanket — I’m going to admit it — it was an 8-track pop-tape player at the Mechanicsburg Fish Hatchery,” Michaels reveals during the new episode of MTV’s “When I Was 17,” which airs Saturday at 11 a.m.
We take it all this added up to one heck of a romantic gesture back in Pennsylvania in the early ’80s. Michaels, though, considered himself lucky to even be in a position to lose his virginity, given his face was covered in pimples at the time.
“I worked at Bob’s Big Boy,” he explained. “I was the ultimate busboy, and eventually I got to the ultimate job, which was deep-fry cook. I’ve already got an acne problem, and now the grease flying up on my face isn’t really helping the situation.”
Zits or not, Michaels had a way with the ladies. He also had a feeling that he wouldn’t be working at a fast-food joint for long. “I had a couple buddies there,” Michaels said. “We loved to raise hell. We’d go out, hang out by the dumpster on our break, because that was the cool thing to do. You make it work. You had to tell yourself, ‘It’s going to get better than this.’ ”
“When I Was 17″ — this week featuring Kevin Jonas, Bret Michaels and Katharine McPhee — airs Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.