Kaiser and I were just gossiping yesterday about how we hoped someone would break up so we’d have something to write about. Then Mel and sugar tits called it quits and Larry King and his umpteenth wife filed for divorce and we thought our mean prayers were answered with couples that we didn’t care about anyway. Unfortunately one couple we never expected to split also announced their demise – Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels. Etheridge, 48, and Micheals, 35, have who have two biological children together, twins Miller Steven, a son, and Johnny Rose, a daughter, both 3 and a half, and and are raising Etheridge’s older two children, Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11, from her relationship with ex partner Julie Cypher. Etheridge and Michaels were never legally married as they missed the window of opportunity before Prop 8 was passed, although they had a commitment ceremony in 2003 that was just like a traditional wedding.
Melissa and Tammy Etheridge have ended their nearly nine-year relationship.
“Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are saddened to announce that they are now separated,” Melissa’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
The former couple add in a statement: “We ask for consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period.”
Melissa, 48, and Tammy (formerly Tammy Lynn Michaels) exchanged vows in Malibu in September 2003.
Tammy, 35, gave birth to their children – son Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose – in 2006, after Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.
Etheridge is also mom two children, Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11, with former partner Julie Cypher.
This just makes me sad. I remember seeing a video, below, in which Melissa and Tammy discussed their relationship and wedding. They seemed so in sync and in love, but like so many other couples it sounds like life got in the way. I’m thinking we’re about to hear more about this and that another person may be involved, but that’s just the cynic in me.