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 separated, but you know, break-ups just don't happen overnight. When I saw these things were about to collide for a while there I thought, 'I don't want this to come up on top of the album.' Then I started doing interviews and they're like, 'You're such a family girl! Your marriage is great! What's the key to a great marriage?' and I was like, 'Oh, I can't sit here and lie.' But I would have definitely made the timing different."
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