Rocker BRET MICHAELS is putting off the idea of marrying his longtime girlfriend KRISTI GIBSON because he fears a proposal will "ruin" their romance.
The Poison singer has heaped praise on his on/off lover of 16 years since fighting back from the brink of death earlier this year (10) when he was hospitalised for a brain haemorrhage and a mild stroke.
Michaels was forced to deny reports he had popped the question to Gibson in July (10), insisting they are "a work in progress", and he admits he's scared of changing the dynamics of their relationship with a big wedding.
He tells People magazine, "I respect marriage, but it's the leading cause of divorce! I still get a little sweaty about the marriage thing. I don't want to ruin our relationship by getting engaged and suddenly feeling like, 'This really isn't what I wanted; I just wanted to stay where we were.'"