From the photos I've seen of Blushing Bromeliads, I don't think it is the same kind of bromeliad. The one he was tearing up had a flower that looked like the one on this page:
http://www.amazonworld.co.uk/plants.html. The leaves/spikes are leathery and jagged, and the flower grows out separately; it isn't some of the existing leaves that change color. I don't know is this makes a difference or not.