Bret Michaels chatted with OK! about his controversial collaboration with Miley Cyrus ‘Nothing To Lose': ‘The night we recorded it, she was in the studio with her boyfriend Liam. We were doing ‘Every Rose,’ and I played him the song. I’m a very freestyle singer. I’m one of those people who doesn’t have a strict pop method about how someone has to do something.
And one of her idols, Stevie Nicks, who I’ve produced before, and she said ‘I love Stevie.’ I said, ‘try some stuff like Stevie does, try low harmonies.’ The song is about an adult couple who have been hurt while trying to find love. That’s the lesson of the song, she’s singing harmonies. I was like ‘defend what?’ There’s nothing to defend. It wasn’t like it was a duet and we were singing to each other. It wasn’t like we were staring into each other’s eyes singing.
Does Miley like to create scandal? ‘I think the exact opposite. I think she’s got some strong cojones and backbone. I don’t think she takes s*** from people. They’re so unpropped up, and she’s unpredictable that it’s natural. It’s not like someone told her to do this. I’m the one who played them the song. I had no intention. I never knew they were going to sing on it. She was like ‘that’s cool,’ we were singing ‘Every Rose’ and she sang some harmonies on it. We were done with it in a couple hours, and I moved onto another one of my songs.
Does she stir s*** up? No. What I think that she does is she doesn’t take any s***. I love that about her. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen people come at her, come at me, and we’re both the same. I set them straight. A lot of times when you live in that Hollywood limelight, speaking your peace or doing your thing is organic and more controversial than people trying to be controversial.
I think the trying stuff, I’m bored of it. People who are overly set up. You’re like ‘oh God, someone told them to go there and do that.’ I read through it quickly, and then you look at the real stuff, and this was really one of those natural things that just happened.’