What really happened between Bret Michaels and Tish Cyrus-Purcell? In addition to their representatives’ comments denying any affair, Michaels did it himself on “Fox and Friends” in November 2010. In the clip uploaded to TMZ, the host asked Michaels about the rumors and if there was any truth to them.
“The answer is no,” Michaels said. “But here’s the thing, I’ve been friends with her family forever. It started out with me and Miley [Cyrus] simply working on a song together.” He went on to say that Cyrus-Purcell liked his song “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” so they wanted Miley to record a cover of it for her album. Then, Miley sang with Michael on his song “Nothing to Lose.”
“And honestly, that was — she did a beautiful job,” Michaels said. “And then, that was it. You know, and they started with all that controversy, so.” The controversy Michaels alluded to could be the alleged affair between him and Cyrus-Purcell, but it also likely referenced the negative reaction to “Nothing to Lose.” The song’s racy lyrics sparked upset due to Miley being 17 years old at the time, and Michaels admitted to Entertainment Weekly he should’ve thought it through more before they collaborated on that one.