Bret Michaels was on Fox & Friends yesterday to promote his new VH1 reality show, Life As I Know It. One of the first questions he was asked was whether he was having an affair with Tish Cyrus, Miley’s mom. Miley’s parents Billy Ray and Tish just filed for divorce last month after 17 years of marriage. There were rumors earlier this year that Bret had an affair with Tish around the time that he released a duet with Miley in February. He denied those rumors through his rep at the time, and on Fox & Friends Bret made it clear that he was “just friends” with Miley’s mom.
Don’t blame Bret Michaels.
The rocker denied rumors that he had an affair with Miley Cyrus’s mother, Tish, who last month split from Billy Ray Cyrus after 17 years of marriage.
When asked on Fox & Friends if he’d had an affair with Tish, Michaels replied, “The answer is no.”
“I’ve been friends with her family forever,” Michaels added. “It started out with me and Miley simply working on a song together. Her mom, Tish, likes “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” the first concert Miley ever saw was Poison, and so they wanted to remake it for the new record.”
Reports surfaced last week that the Poison frontman was the possible cause behind the Cyrus divorce. Last month, Billy Ray filed divorce papers in Tennessee citing irreconcilable differences.
Michaels insists his involvement with the Cyrus family has been strictly professional. “When I was in the studio, Miley came in and sang on my song … and that was it,” he said.
As for how Miley’s taking her parents’ divorce? A source close to the singer told PEOPLE last week, “she’s trying to keep everything private while her family works through this.”
I didn’t find Michaels’ denial all that convincing because he went on at length about how he knew the Cyruses. It felt like he was deflecting from the question, but maybe he thought that background was needed for context. I get the vibe that something happened but that Tish told Bret that her marriage was already over or something like that. Michaels seems like a man slut with some small amount of integrity (although I’m sure my opinion would change if I watched any of his dating shows), but it’s not like he’s going to say “yes, I did fool around with Tish a few times. I thought she was separated.” He sort-of denied it, and then he swiftly moved on.