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Melissa Etheridge Finally Settles 2-Year Domestic Partnership War

May 22nd, 2012 2:33pm EDT
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Melissa Etheridge has FINALLY settled her 2 year war with domestic partner Tammy Lynn Michaels ... TMZ has learned.

The former couple hashed out an agreement last night as part of court-ordered mediation.

The settlement covers both partner and child support. As TMZ first reported, Tammy had been receiving a total of $23,000 a month from Melissa, but claimed she was barely scraping by and that Melissa could afford to pay more since she was raking in $177,882 a month.

Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... under the terms of the settlement, Tammy will net more than the $23,000 a...
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Melissa Etheridge's Ex Wants More Than $23,000 A Month

April 10th, 2012 8:49am EDT
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Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge's ex-lover is requesting a hike in the child custody payments, because she is struggling to survive on $23,000-a-month.

Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels has filed documents claiming her former girlfriend makes over $177,000-a-month and she got accustomed to an extravagant lifestyle while they were together.

Michaels also claims Etheridge is brainwashing the former couple's kids, training them to be emotionally distant and rude to her, and cursing in front of them, according to the court papers, obtained by TMZ.com.

The actress, who wants Etheridge to pay mo...
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Melissa Etheridge Wants Court Hearing In Divorce Battle

September 23rd, 2011 10:29am EDT
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Singer Melissa Etheridge has requested a court hearing with her estranged partner to settle their child custody issues.

The star has been embroiled in a legal battle with her ex-partner Tammy Lynn Michaels since they called off their relationship last year.

Now, the Come To My Window hit-maker has filed a motion asking for an official court date in a bid to end their dispute.

In documents obtained by TMZ.com, Etheridge cites a variety of "issues" that need to be resolved, including division of property, child support and custody, spousal support and attorney fees.

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Melissa Etheridge's Former Partner Slams New Romance

January 19th, 2011 8:14am EST
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Melissa Etheridge's former partner Tammy Lynn Michaels has voiced her anger after revelations of the star's new relationship hit headlines this week .

The Come To My Window hit-maker ended her nine-year romance with Michaels in April 2010, and the break-up turned messy last summer as they battled over finances and custody of their four-year-old twins, Johnnie Rose and Miller.

Etheridge has found love again with TV writer Linda Wallem, who ironically acted as 'best man' at the pair's wedding in 2003, and after news of the relationship broke on Tuesday, Michaels took to her blog to claim ...
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Melissa Etheridge Has A New Girlfriend

January 18th, 2011 4:30pm EST
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Singer Melissa Etheridge has bounced back following her split from longterm partner Tammy Lynn Michaels last year - she's reportedly found love with TV writer Linda Wallem.

The hitmaker ended her nine-year relationship with Michaels in April 2010, and the break-up turned messy last summer as they battled over finances and custody of their four-year-old twins, Johnnie Rose and Miller.

But the lesbian star has refused to let the bitter split impact her search for lasting love and she's since settled down with her best friend Wallem, creator of medical drama "Nurse Jackie."

Ironically, Wall...
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Melissa Etheridge's Ex Tammy Lynn Michaels 'Can't Afford Food'

October 12th, 2010 10:20am EDT
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Melissa Etheridge's former partner alleges the rocker has left her so broke; she can't afford to buy food for their kids.

The Come To My Window hit-maker split from Tammy Lynn Michaels in April after nine years together. Michaels filed legal papers in July asking the rocker to pay her $12,000 a month to provide for their twins, a son and a daughter, who turn four this week.

Etheridge's lawyers insisted she has been handing over $2,000-a-month and paying all the bills, but three months later, Michaels claims she is still struggling to get by.

In a poetry-style post on her blog, she wri...
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Tammy Lynn Michaels Wants $12,000 A Month

July 16th, 2010 11:00am EDT
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Melissa Etheridge's estranged partner is demanding the rocker pay her in excess of $12,000 a month, so she can look after the couple's kids and seek work now she's an unemployed single mom.

In newly-released court documents, obtained by People.com, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels insists she's a full-time homemaker and has no income. She lists her monthly expenditure in the papers, stating that her rent is $6,000 and detailing how she spends $1,500 on groceries and household supplies. She adds on $50 for laundry and cleaning expenses and a further $800 on dining out with her twins.

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Melissa Etheridge's Ex Tammy Lynn Michaels Snubbed In Court

July 13th, 2010 8:28am EDT
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A judge has reportedly denied a request from Melissa Etheridge's ex to be granted $25,000 in their split - after ruling the singer is already paying for her expenses.

Tammy Lynn Michaels has accused her former partner of leaving her penniless and struggling to afford necessities following their split last year. Michaels' attorney wanted the court to order the Come To My Window hit-maker to pay the actress $25,000, on top of another $25,000 for legal fees.

However, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has turned down the demand after the star's lawyer, Neal Hersh, proved Etheridge w...
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Tammy Lynn Michaels Wants Full Custody Of Twins With Melissa Etheridge

July 9th, 2010 8:23am EDT
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Melissa Etheridge's former partner has filed for custody of the couple's twins.

Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, who was impregnated by a donor sperm and carried the kids to term, wants full legal and physical custody of Miller and Johnnie, according to the documents filed on Thursday.

Rocker Etheridge previously asked for joint legal and physical custody when she lodged a petition for dissolution of a domestic partnership in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week.

The "Come To My Window" hitmaker announced the split in April, almost seven years after she exchanged vows with Michaels in...
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Melissa Etheridge Wants Domestic Partnership Dissolved

July 3rd, 2010 2:34pm EDT
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Melissa Etheridge has filed legal papers to officially end her relationship with ex-partner Tammy Lynn Michaels.

The "Come To My Window" hitmaker exchanged vows with Michaels in a commitment ceremony in 2003, but the gay star revealed in April that the couple had separated.

She moved to have the union legally dissolved by lodging a Petition for Dissolution of Domestic Partnership in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, citing "irreconcilable differences" for the split.

Etheridge has requested joint custody of their twins, son Miller and daughter Johnnie, who were conceived via an...
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Tammy Lynn Michaels Opens Up About Split

May 24th, 2010 8:29am EDT
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Melissa Etheridge's former partner Tammy Lynn Michaels has opened up about her heartbreak over the pair's split, slamming the singer for calling the break-up "mutual".

The Come To My Window hit-maker announced last month she had separated from Michaels - nine years after they exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony in California. Michaels has now accused Etheridge of not being honest about the end of their relationship, after she told Oprah Winfrey last month the separation was "as mutual as those things can be." And the actress admits she's hurting because she's still in love with Etheri...
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Melissa Etheridge's Regrets About Public Split

May 18th, 2010 10:30am EDT
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Melissa Etheridge knew she had to come clean about her secret split from actress Tammy Lynn Michaels while promoting her new album - because journalists kept asking about her "great marriage".

The Come To My Window singer announced last month she had separated from Michaels - nine years after they exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony in California.

Etheridge admits she contemplated keeping quiet about the break-up, but the release of her album Fearless Love forced her to open up to the press about her love life.

She explains, "(The album) was written before we actually physically s...
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Melissa Etheridge Won't Cut Ties With Her Ex

April 23rd, 2010 2:41pm EDT
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Gay singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge is putting her heartbreak aside following her split from actress Tammy Lynn Michaels so the ex-couple can co-parent their two children.

Etheridge and Michaels announced their separation earlier this month - nine years after they exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony in California.

Tammy gave birth to the couple's twins, son Miller and daughter Johnnie, who were conceived via an anonymous sperm donor in 2006. Etheridge also has two kids - Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11 - with former partner Julie Cypher.

And the singer insists she's got a hold on ...
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Melissa Etheridge Is Single Again!

April 15th, 2010 9:08am EDT
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Gay singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge has split from her partner of nine years, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels.

The pair staged a commitment ceremony in 2003, and planned to make their union official after authorities in California gave homosexual couples the right to wed in 2008. The ruling was overturned just months later and the couple missed the chance to legally marry.

However, the pair has now gone their separate ways after nine years together.

A representative for Etheridge tells People.com, "Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are saddened to announce that they are now separated," whil...
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The 2008 Movie Quiz

January 1st, 2009 1:00pm EST
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That was the year that was! A year of babies, blockbusters, Bond and Batman - but were you paying attention?

As the Tinseltown gossip merry-go-round prepares for its final spin of 2008, we thought we'd offer you a Christmas feast of posers from the year's big stars, films and events.

So, prop up a plastic palm tree, tell granny to take a break from the Botox and get ready for a little light-hearted befuddlement.

Eyes down...

1. What are the names of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's twin babies?

a. Emme and Max

b. Vivienne and Knox

c. Maddox and Shiloh

d. Bill an...
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Slideshow: Hotter Lesbian - Portia De Rossi Or Tammy Lynn Michaels?

November 10th, 2008 11:52am EST
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Both Portia De Rossi and Tammy Lynn Michaels are taken - by Ellen DeGeneres and Melissa Etheridge, respectively. These women defy stereotypes and show one can be both beautiful and a lesbian. Click through our photo slideshow, and tell us which star YOU find more attractive and why.

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Melissa Etheridge Plans To Stay In California, Fight Gay Marriage Ban

November 7th, 2008 9:12am EST
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Gay rocker Melissa Etheridge has pledged to fight the re-installed ban on same sex marriages in California, even though she and partner Tammy Lynn Michaels could legally wed elsewhere.

Etheridge was stunned by the news that Proposition 8 passed in California overnight on Tuesday, banning gay marriage, but she isn't planning on leaving the state.

Speaking exclusively to website Momlogic.com, the lesbian rock star says, “The gay citizenry of this state will pick themselves up and dust themselves off and do what we have been doing for years. We will get back into it. We love this sta...
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Tammy Lynn Michaels Criticizes Larry King For Choosing Paris Hilton Over Michael Moore

June 28th, 2007 9:33am EDT
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Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels has blasted CNN newsman Larry King for 'bumping' documentary maker Michael Moore in favor of a chat with Paris Hilton.

The respected talk show titan admits he took seconds to agree to landing the scoop interview with the socialite - rescheduling his chat with director Moore - upsetting fan Michaels, the lesbian lover of rocker Melissa Etheridge.

In an open letter to King, posted on her website hours before the newsman sat down with Hilton, The L Word star first praised the talk show host: "There are not many people who are blessed to have a position s...
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Melissa Etheridge Agonized About Oscars Kiss

February 26th, 2007 4:42pm EST
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Lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge agonized over whether it was appropriate to kiss her wife at the Oscars - because she isn't fond of public displays of affection.

The singer/songwriter knew she had an outside chance of winning gold at the Academy Awards last night for her An Inconvenient Truth song I Need To Wake Up and she wanted to find the best way to thank partner Tammy Lynn Michaels.

But, when her name was called she didn't hesitate to lock lips with the actress.

She says, "I have not been one to kiss my partner in public just for sensationalism. I don't think I ever hav...
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Gay Actress Offers Isaiah Washington Her Support

February 1st, 2007 7:00pm EST
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Disgraced Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington has received support from an unlikely source as he battles his homophobic demons - lesbian actress Tammy Lynn Michaels.

Washington was released from a rehabilitation facility after a week of counselling for his repeated use of the word "faggot" yesterday, and he is reportedly expected back on the set of the medical drama later today.

And Michaels, who is rocker Melissa Etheridge's longtime partner, has offered the troubled actor a few words of support on her website.

The actress reveals Washington and his family have been guests...
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David Crosby Has Mixed Feelings About Donating Sperm Again

November 14th, 2006 8:51am EST
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Rocker David Crosby was disappointed when he learned Melissa Etheridge and her lesbian lover Julie Cypher were splitting up because he donated sperm to help them conceive two children. Crosby wanted to help his friends become parents, and the couple's son Beckett was born in 1998, followed by daughter Bailey in 2000.

He famously posed with Etheridge, Cypher and their children for a Rolling Stone cover, where the world discovered Crosby's role in the conception. To his dismay, Etheridge and Cypher decided to split up seven months later and now share custody of the two children. Cypher ...
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Melissa Etheridge's Partner Is Reportedly Having Twins

September 18th, 2006 10:31am EDT
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Rocker Melissa Etheridge is expecting twins with partner Tammy Lynn Michaels, according to US reports. Michaels is due to go into labor next month and Life & Style magazine claims she will be giving birth to twins.

Sources tell the publication the couple is expecting a boy and a girl. One insider says, "Melissa and Tammy can't wait to meet their son and daughter."

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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