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Bret Michaels and Kristi Gibson are calling it quits. A rep for Michaels says the two have called off their engagement, adding that even though they have separated, “they remain great friends and are committed to jointly raising their two daughters.” Michaels proposed to Gibson in 2010 after more than 16 years together. The moment was captured on the finale of his VH1 show “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.” Gibson was at Michaels’ side during a series of health setbacks including an emergency appendectomy, a near-fatal brain hemorrhage and a stroke. Their daughters, Raine Elizabeth and Jorja Bleu are 12 and seven years old.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington and .38 Special are being honored by the state of Georgia. The Southern rockers have been tapped for induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
For one of the biggest gigs of his career, Paul McCartney likely earned one of his smallest paychecks ever. Britain’s “International Business Times” says the former Beatle and all the other big-name artists who performed at Friday’s Olympics Opening Ceremony were each paid one-British-pound, which amounts to one-dollar-and-57-cents. The stars had actually agreed to appear for free, but a fee had to be set in order to make their contracts with the Olympic organizers binding.
Ricky Martin has inked a holding deal with NBCUniversal to develop and star in his first network television series and specials. NBCUniveral made the announcement Monday, calling Martin “an iconic superstar who is as talented as he is popular.” No word yet on the plans for Martin’s TV projects. The singer is currently starring in the Broadway revival of “Evita” and previously appeared on Broadway in “Les Miserables.” Martin’s previous television appearances include a recent guest role on Fox’s “Glee.” He also had a role on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital” before becoming a crossover music sensation with his first English-language album, released in 1999.
CNN says its use of Pink‘s song “Stupid Girls” to introduce a segment on Sarah Palin was not intentional. The network has issued an apology, calling the selection a “poor choice” but not intended to be linked to any news story. The song played Sunday to introduce a report about the former Alaska Governor’s support of Chick-fil-A. Palin is standing by the fast-food franchise following the backlash Chick-fil-A’s president Dan Cathy received for expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. She posted status updates on Facebook and Twitter over the weekend expressing her support for what she called “a great business.”