Melissa Etheridge's New Outlook
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.
Melissa says cancer was a eye-opener for her. "That's what [my new] album is about. It's about every day our choice between love and fear. And cancer was the first real huge one for me," she says. "I can look at cancer as a disease that picks me out and 'why me,' or I can look at it through love and say 'This is a wake-up call. This is my body telling me: Hey, you're out of balance here. It's time to get in line with yourself.'"
At 48, Melissa says she's finally realized that life is about the journey. "Especially in our sort of work where we think that there's a 'there.' There's a place that we can be the most successful or something. It doesn't exist," she says. "I don't have a bucket list because it is my dedication to live every day of my life there. I don't have a bucket list because I'm doing it that day. I don't want to go to bed and say, 'Oh, I wish I had done this.'"