Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge has been rocking out for more than 20 years. Nine of those years were spent with her wife, Tammy Lynn Michaels. Recently, Melissa and Tammy announced they were breaking up, and Melissa says she's ready to talk about it. "People really want that sound bite of this happened and that happened and he said and she said and something like that, but it's not that simple," she says. "It's about growth, and it's certainly not even fair of me to stand here and tell my story when Tammy doesn't have an opportunity."

Melissa says the breakup was mutual. "As mutual as those things can be. It's sad, and we share two children and she will always be in my life," she says. "She's a wonderful woman and an incredible mother."

Despite their differences, Melissa says she and Tammy both agree that the children come first. "We want to do all the things that are best to keep our children healthy and secure," she says.


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