Bret Michaels’ Daughter Has Grown Up To Be Gorgeous
Bret Michaels is a name synonymous with glam metal. Shooting to fame in the ’80s as the lead singer of Poison, Michaels has built a nearly four decade-long career on music… and reality TV. In 2007, he appeared on the small screen as part of a dating competition dubbed Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, then, in 2010, he went the family route, starring in Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It alongside his family, including his two daughters, Raine and Jorja Bleu Michaels, and their mother, Kristi Gibson.
While many rock star kids can’t seem to stay out of the headlines, Michaels’ girls have kept a rather low profile over the years, but now that Raine is all grown up, she’s starting to steal her dad’s spotlight as an aspiring model who’s not afraid to flaunt it. Here’s proof that Raine Michaels has grown up to be gorgeous.
Her childhood as the daughter of rock royalty was surprising
Raine Michaels’ genes are 50% rock royalty. Dad Bret Michaels first shot to fame in the early 1980s as the frontman of Poison, the glam metal band responsible for such mega hits as "Unskinny Bop" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." With 10 Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits and over 6 million albums sold in the US alone since 1991, Poison has solidified its place in music history and, as Michaels told Global News in 2018, "Poison is one of the first, if not the first, truly independent bands to sell three million copies of our first record."
Despite being raised by a rock star, however, Raine’s childhood was rather surprising because… it wasn’t that surprising at all. Opening up about the realities of being the daughter of a famous musician, Raine told Fox News that her early years were actually pretty low-key. "Honestly, it was so normal," she confessed. "I didn’t think anything of it really. I thought going to a concert and meeting Lynyrd Skynyrd was normal."
"He’s a regular dad," she continued. "We go to the beach, play football in the front yard — we just do regular things." Which isn’t to say there haven’t been some special perks. "It’s been really cool just getting to meet a lot of people through what he’s done," she added.
She decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps
Despite being the child of music royalty, Raine has chosen to follow in the footsteps of her mother, model and A Letter from Death Row actress Kristi Gibson, rather than her dad’s. At just 16 years old, Raine was signed to a modeling agency and, in August 2018, when she was finally 18, the beauty made her runway debut with none other than Sports Illustrated! Raine was one of 16 aspiring models chosen out of 25,000 applicants to walk in the Sports Illustrated Swim Search show in Miami and, speaking with Fox News, she dubbed the headline-making moment "one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life."
She then went on to reveal that her biggest inspiration was indeed her mama, telling the outlet, "My mom used to be a model, so it’s always been a thing that I wanted to do. I really look up to my parents and… I wanted to follow in her footsteps and pursue it as well." She added, "I’ve always wanted to do modeling and get into the entertainment industry."
She is battling diabetes like her dad
Since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at just six years old, Bret Michaels has done a load of work to raise awareness and funds for the disease and has even established his own foundation, Life Rocks, to support the cause.
In 2010, the dad of two confirmed that his oldest daughter, Raine, had been diagnosed with borderline diabetes, telling Parents that she was "scared to death of (taking) shots," despite being exposed to the realities of diabetes from a young age. "From the time they were three or four my little girls have tested my blood," he recalled. "They helped me draw my insulin in a syringe and sometimes they’ll give me a shot, but most times they help me put the insulin in and I tell them not to be scared of it. I said, ‘Listen, if it ever happens to you, I’ve lived a long life and we’re going to live a lot longer.’"
In addition to exposing Raine to what it’s like living with diabetes, Bret also helped her take preventative measures. "We’re battling it with diet right now and we’re hoping that eventually when she gets in her teen years she doesn’t develop type 1 diabetes," he told the mag.
Her dad’s totally cool about her dating
While attending Oaks Christian High School, which she graduated from in June 2018, Raine began dating and, unlike many protective dads, Bret was totally supportive of her choice in guys. In fact, he went as far as to praise his daughter’s then-beau (above) on Facebook, sharing the young man’s sporting accomplishments with his own fans.
"Raine’s boyfriend Matt [Corral] is now pledged to the Ole Miss Football Rebels as a QB and his offensive coordinator coach Phil Longo channeled and rocked his inner Bret Michaels to welcome Matt," he wrote in February 2018. "Phil is an awesome coach as is head coach Matt Luke. Matt and The Rebels will rock."
Speaking with Fox News in August, Raine confirmed that her dad is indeed "really cool" when it comes to her dating life. "He’s not the weird, I’m going to pull out the shotgun if you do anything type. He’s definitely protective, but he understands that it’s part of growing up. He lets it happen," she explained. Unfortunately, Matt was no longer in the picture. "But I’m single right now so he’s happy," she joked.
She has a major passion for animals
When it comes to her future, Raine isn’t just focused on the entertainment industry. In fact, she’s got another HUGE passion: animals.
In May 2017, she helped raise funds for conservation efforts, which her dad couldn’t help but share on Facebook, writing, "I am proud of my daughter Raine for her charitable efforts last weekend by taking her allowance and using it to help fund her trip to Northern California with our friends Rhea and Malina to help raise funds for conservation, education and the rehabilitation of wild animals with the 501(c)3 Conservation Ambassadors Zoo to You."
He also revealed that his daughter’s love of animals doesn’t stop there, adding, "While Raine continues working on her modeling career I am proud that she continues to work hard on her grades and that she is planning on interning as a veterinarian assistant this summer," he continued, encouraging fans to "help support Raine’s cause and the Conservation Ambassadors mission of conservation, rehabilitation of and education about wild animals, the Life Rocks Foundation will be making a donation as well."
She appeared in Sharknado 6
In addition to modelling, Raine is also dipping her toes in the acting pool. After making her small screen debut in 2010’s Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It reality series when she was just 10 years old, she was back at it in 2018, following in her dad’s footsteps once more when she snagged a small role in SyFy’s Sharknado 6 aka The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time, which premiered in August 2018. As you might recall, dad Bret actually had a cameo in Sharknado 5.
Raine’s role in the flick? Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Girl. That’s right: Her character may not have had a name or any major screen time, but it was enough for the teen to decide that it’s definitely something she likes doing and would like to pursue more of in the future. As she told Maxim, in addition to walking the Sports Illustrated runway, her second proudest career moment so far has been her mini acting debut. "I also had a small guest spot in Sharknado 6, which was really fun and cool because I got see into the acting world. I would love to get into acting," she gushed.
Her risqué modelling has dad’s full support
While some fathers may get protective about their little girl baring (almost) all, Bret Michaels is not one of them. Before Raine made her Sports Illustrated debut, Bret took to Instagram to celebrate his daughter’s big career move, writing, "I want you to know I’m here at the hotel & need you to know you are loved & supported by all your family/friends 100%."
Speaking with Fox News, Raine confirmed that her dad has "always been extremely supportive of everything that I do. He wants me to succeed in whatever I want to pursue in life. He was so proud. He would call me like every second. He would go, ‘Oh my God, how are you doing? Are you so excited?’ Right before I went on [the Sports Illustrated catwalk], I was like, ‘Dad, I have to go now.’ And he said, ‘Right, right, but I’m so excited for you! I’m waiting outside, I’ll see you right after!’ I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness, OK.’"
She knows it’s not the norm, however. As she pointed out, "I was talking to some of the girls [in the competition] and they were like, ‘My dad is so mad that I’m going to be walking in a bikini right now.’ And I’m like, it doesn’t have to be sexualized. It’s something you just want to do… My dad totally gets that, which is really cool because I know that not all dads do."
She keeps pushing the boundaries of sexiness
Following her headline-making catwalk debut, Raine has just kept on pushing the boundaries of sexiness, filling her Instagram with steamy shots and appearing in male-oriented magazines, like Maxim. Not only did she treat the mag’s readers to some XXX photos in September 2018, but she also left little to the imagination when she answered interview questions about what she looks for in a man, what turns her on and more.
"I love a man that knows what he wants," she told the outlet. "Confidence, not arrogance, is key. Show me a diamond smile and I’m all yours." As for her ideal date, "Anything that is intimate or fun where we can get to know each other — I’m not super picky. Ideal examples would be a candlelit dinner on the beach, going to an amusement park, seeing a concert, or spending time at a museum. I’m a total museum nerd."
She then teased her ultimate bedroom fantasy, saying, "It involves a little Ed Sheeran playing. The rest is for my man to find out."