Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels says she's
broke after her split with Melissa Etheridge.
a posting on her blog, the thirty-five-year-old Michaels says she
gave up her acting career in 2001 to become a full-time stay-at-home
mom for the couple's children. Etheridge, 48, shares joint custody
of two children – Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11 – from a previous
relationship with Julie Cypher.
Michaels gave birth to twins, son
Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose, in October 2006.
“I'm borrowing cash left and right
from people to get through this summer, and feed my kids, with a
stomach full of ulcers, thank you,” she wrote. “No stress here.
Etheridge's Friday filing of paperwork
to end their California domestic partnership was a shock to Michaels,
who said she was left “blindsided.”
“SMACK!!!! FILE FOR DIVORCE!!!! even
though we both promised; agreed; handshook; pinkyswore; no filing
until after tour; in the fall; her broken promises; told to me by;
headlines,” she wrote.
In the documents, the Grammy-winning
singer cites “irreconcilable differences” and asks for joint
custody of Miller and Johnnie Rose. Etheridge's lawyer is also
asking the court to terminate its ability to award partner support.
The couple exchanged vows in Malibu,
California in 2003. They reportedly attempted to marry during the
2008 June-to-November window when gay marriage was legal in
Etheridge has said her breakup with
Michaels was mutual.
“As mutual as those things can be,”
she told Oprah Winfrey. “It's sad, and we share two children and
she will always be in my life.”