Grammy-winning singer Melissa Etheridge
and her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge, have split
after nearly nine years together, People magazine reported.
“Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are
saddened to announce that they are now separated,” Melissa's rep
confirmed to the magazine.
The women confirmed their separation in
a statement: “We ask for consideration and respect for our family
as we go through this difficult period.”
The couple exchanged vows in Malibu,
California in 2003.
Tammy Etheridge, 35, gave birth to
twins in October 2006: son Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose.
Melissa Etheridge also has two children
– Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11 – from a previous relationship with
In an interview published today at gay
the 48-year-old singer talked about her LGBT advocacy: “The best
activism we can do every single day is just to be ourselves openly
because that's where it starts: in your work, in your community and
in your schools.”