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Melissa Etheridge Settles Child Support Case

May 22nd, 2012 10:47pm EDT
Melissa Etheridge
Singer Melissa Etheridge has settled her nasty two-year child support battle with her ex-girlfriend.

Etheridge and actress Tammy Lynn Michaels ended their seven-year relationship in 2010 and they've been locked in a bitter war of words over their five-year-old twins Johnnie and Miller ever since.

Last month, Michaels launched a legal battle against the Grammy Award winner, seeking a hike in monthly child custody payments, which were previously set at $23,000, but on Monday the former couple finally came to an undisclosed agreement as part of a court-ordered mediation.

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Melissa Etheridge Claims Ex Burned One Of Her Kids With A Cigarette

April 10th, 2012 9:56pm EDT
Melissa Etheridge
Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge is asking a judge to install a smoking ban around her two young children after her ex-lover allegedly burned one of the tots with a cigarette by accident.

Etheridge and actress Tammy Lynn Michaels ended their seven-year relationship in 2010 and they've been locked in a war of words over their five-year-old twins Johnnie and Miller ever since.

Earlier this week Tammy launched a legal battle against the Grammy winner, seeking a hike in child custody payments and accusing Etheridge of brainwashing the toddlers into being rude to her.

And now the "Come to ...
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GLAAD To Honor Chaz Bono With Equality Award

April 10th, 2012 12:12pm EDT
Chaz Bono
Cher's transgender son Chaz Bono is to be honored with a special award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for his work in promoting equality.

Bono, who was born a woman, became the first transgender contestant on TV talent show Dancing With The Stars last year, earning the series the Outstanding Reality Program trophy at the GLAAD prizegiving in New York last month .

He will now be honored with a special accolade in his own right after GLAAD bosses named him the recipient of the organization's Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

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Melissa Etheridge's Ex Wants More Than $23,000 A Month

April 10th, 2012 8:49am EDT
Tammy Lynn Michaels
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
Melissa Etheridge
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.

Etheridge and Mich...
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Gay Celebrities Who Are Out And Proud!

June 14th, 2011 10:00am EDT
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Times really have changed in the media in terms of being proud and loud about sexuality. From the controversial episode of Ellen where she shouted out that she was gay, to the countless series today with gay characters as the stars. In honor of Gay Pride Month, we took a look at a few celebrities who are out and proud.

Cute couple, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi weren’t shy about their love when they exchanged vows three years ago. Ellen told People magazine on that day, "What can I say? I'm the luckiest girl in the world," says DeGeneres. "She's officially off the market. No one e...
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Melissa Etheridge Is An 'American Idiot'

January 19th, 2011 8:30am EST
Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge is set to step in for Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong while he takes a break from performing in his Broadway musical "American Idiot" next month.

Armstrong - who composed and co-authored the musical based on Green Day songs - kicked off the New Year reprising the role of drug dealer St. Jimmy in the show after original castmember Tony Vincent bowed out, making appearances from January 1-9.

He resumes the role onstage on Tuesday and will perform on and off until February 17.

And now director Michael Mayer has revealed "Come to My Window" hitmaker Etheridge will fill in ...
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Melissa Etheridge's Former Partner Slams New Romance

January 19th, 2011 8:14am EST
Tammy Lynn Michaels
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
Melissa Etheridge
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 To Fight For California Marijuana Legalization

October 19th, 2010 10:26pm EDT
Melissa Etheridge
Rocker Melissa Etheridge is leading a last-ditch effort to legalize marijuana in California before the state votes on the issue next month.

The "Come To My Window" singer and "Lethal Weapon 4" star Danny Glover are to join politicians and civic leaders at a Buddhafest press conference in Los Angeles on Thursday to raise awareness in the final days before voting begins on California Proposition 19, which could result in a new pot bill to regulate, control and tax marijuana use among over-21s.

The Grammy Award-winning musician is a longtime marijuana legalization advocate.

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Melissa Etheridge's Ex Tammy Lynn Michaels 'Can't Afford Food'

October 12th, 2010 10:20am EDT
Tammy Lynn Michaels
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
Tammy Lynn Michaels
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
Tammy Lynn Michaels
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 Says Melissa Etheridge Left Her Penniless

July 9th, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Tammy Lynn Michaels
Rocker Melissa Etheridge has left her ex-partner Tammy Lynn Michaels with just $4 to her name, according to the actress' lawyer.

The couple split in April, seven years after they exchanged vows, sparking a custody battle over their three-year-old twins. Michaels, who carried the children after she was impregnated by donor sperm, is seeking full legal and physical custody of son Miller and daughter Johnnie. Etheridge stated she wants joint custody when she lodged a petition for dissolution of their domestic partnership last week.

However, now the bust-up is in danger of turning nasty - M...
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Tammy Lynn Michaels Wants Full Custody Of Twins With Melissa Etheridge

July 9th, 2010 8:23am EDT
Tammy Lynn Michaels
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
Melissa Etheridge
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
Tammy Lynn Michaels
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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Taylor Swift Named 'Artist Of The Year'

May 19th, 2010 8:46am EDT
Taylor Swift
Country music sensation Taylor Swift has added another major accolade to her collection of trophies after picking up the "Artist of the Year Award" at a major industry dinner on Monday night.

The hitmaker was honored at the NARM Music Business Association's annual gala in Chicago, Illinois.

Paying tribute to the 20 year old, , and we are especially proud to recognise her extraordinary creative and commercial achievements with our Artist of the Year Award. She has made a brilliant and stellar contribution to the music industry in just a few years and we congratulate her on this much-deserv...
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Melissa Etheridge's Regrets About Public Split

May 18th, 2010 10:30am EDT
Melissa Etheridge
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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Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba & Halle Berry Show Up For A Good Cause - Without Make-Up

May 3rd, 2010 2:49pm EDT
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Stars including Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba & Halle Berry participated in the 13th Annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York City on Saturday. Minus the eye make-up and powder foundation, the actresses helped raise money to fight women's cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, this year about 15,000 women will die of ovarian cancer and approximately 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in the United States.

Former "ER" actress Maura Tierney recently completed treatment for breast cancer. She is scheduled to return to the small screen in the upcoming season of "Rescue M...
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Melissa Etheridge Won't Cut Ties With Her Ex

April 23rd, 2010 2:41pm EDT
Melissa Etheridge
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
Melissa Etheridge
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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Melissa Etheridge Returns With 'Fearless Love' April 27

April 10th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge's new single, "Fearless Love," a bold and soaring declaration for living - and loving - to the fullest, has struck a momentous chord as it soars inside the Top 30 this week on the Hot AC chart, and rises to #10 on the Triple A chart. "Fearless Love" is the title track from "Fearless Love," Melissa's triumphant new album, arriving April 27th on Island Records.

The "Fearless Love" single and album were produced by John Shanks, whose first producer credit was Etheridge's "Breakdown," her four-time Grammy-nominated album of 1999. Since then, Shanks has risen to the top ranks...
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'American Idol' Denver Auditions: Bikini Boy & Lots More To Make Fun Of

February 3rd, 2010 9:46am EST
American Idol
Maybe it's the altitude, but I found myself disagreeing all summarily with the judges during the Denver American Idol auditions.

And it was on both sides. There were a few that I found spectacular that the judges hated, and several that I thought were absolute chores to sit through but the judges couldn't get enough of.

Of course, there was some agreement between us (and I'm certain they care so much about agreeing with me) and plenty of auditions well worth making fun of.

And with that, on with the recap. . .

The Three Best Auditions

3. Mark

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The 2008 Movie Quiz

January 1st, 2009 1:00pm EST
Dark Knight
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
Tammy Lynn Michaels & Portia De Rossi
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
Melissa Etheridge
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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Concerts Break Out At The DNC and RNC Conventions

September 8th, 2008 2:26pm EDT
Barack Obama
Conventions or Concerts?

The month of August brought the U.S. two big music festivals, one in Denver and one in the Twin Cities. Oh, wait, what's that you say? These weren't music festivals, but the Democratic and Republican National Conventions? Interesting. In the past, presidential candidates have used music as part of their campaigns, but never before like this. This summer, the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions crossed politics and music so much that they rose to concert-like levels.

Obamapalooza, err, I mean the DNC featured performances by Melissa Ether...
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Slideshow: Celebrities With Short Hair - Who Wears It Best?

September 7th, 2008 11:30am EDT
Rihanna
Think short hair isn't sexy? These celebrities beg to differ. Check out our photo slideshow, and you'll see how beautiful a shorter coif can be! You may also get an idea or two for your own do. Who is your favorite short-haired celeb? Leave a comment, and let us know!

Kirsten Dunst

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Slideshow: Celebrities With Twins

August 8th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony
It's all the rage these days - twins that is. Angelina Jolie just gave birth to one of the most famous sets of twins in history, and Lisa Marie Presley & Rebecca Romijn just announced they're also expecting double trouble in the near future. Whether it's fertility treatments or just plain luck, the following celebrities have what it takes to produce two for the price of one:

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

July 12, 2008, Knox Leon & Vivienne Marcheline

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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony

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