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Melissa Etheridge

Jessica Published On Wed May 27 2020   Modified On Wed May 27 2020
Melissa Etheridge

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Full NameMelissa Lou Etheridge
First NameMelissa
Middle NameLou
Last NameEtheridge
Birth NameMelissa Lou Etheridge
Birth CityLeavenworth, Kansas
Birth CountryUnited States of America
Father NameJohn Etheridge
Father ProfessionAmerican Constitution Teacher
Mother NameElizabeth Williamson Etheridge
Mother ProfessionComputer Consultant
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationHomosexual
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseLinda Wallem (2014-) Tammy Lynn Michaels (2003-2010)
Relation WithJulie Cypher (1990–2000)
No Of Children4
SibilingsJennifer Etheridge
EducationBerklee College of Music, Leavenworth High School
Height160 cm
Networth$25 M
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Date of BirthMay 29,1961
Age59 years


    Body and Relation Status of Melissa Etheridge

    What is Melissa Etheridge marital status ?Married
    How many children does Melissa Etheridge have ?4
    Who is Melissa Etheridge married with?Linda Wallem (2014-) Tammy Lynn Michaels (2003-2010)
    Who is Melissa Etheridge in Relation with?Julie Cypher (1990–2000)
    What is the height of Melissa Etheridge?160 cm
    What is the weight of Melissa Etheridge?kg

    Who is Melissa Etheridge?

    American singer, songstress and breast cancer survivor, Melissa Etheridge is known for her songs like I'm the Only One and Ain't It Heavy for which she won Grammy Awards. Etheridge is actually a fifteen times Grammy-nominated artist.

    Singer and LGBTQ rights activist, Melissa Etheridge.
    Source: Forbes

    Ethridge is also openly a lesbian artist and an activist for LGBTQ rights. The Kansas native came forward to reveal her sexuality at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1993. In addition, she has only dated women.

    Melissa Etheridge: Dated Girlfriend Julie Cypher

    Singer Melissa Ethridge was in a long-term relationship with one of her publicly acknowledged first girlfriends, filmmaker Julie Cypher for more than ten years. Melissa and Julie began dating in 1990 before their relationship ended in 2000.

    Julie Cypher and Melissa Etheridge dated for ten years.
    Source: Pinterest

    The couple also welcomed two children during their relationship. Julie gave birth to their first daughter who they named Bailey Jean Cypher in February 1997 before welcoming their son, Beckett Cypher in the next year in November 1998.

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    Both of their kids were born through the procedures of artificial insemination and David Crosby was revealed as the biological father of Bailey and Beckett. Melissa later explained it was the will of Julie to have their family that way.

    Melissa and Julie with their children.
    Source: Pinterest

    The filmmaker was adopted and much of her early twenties were spent in search of her original parents. Hence, Cypher wanted her kids to know about their biological father whose presence wasn't much affected in their lives.

    Melissa Etheridge: Breakup & Son's Deaths

    In 2010, Melissa Etheridge had to face one of her biggest possible heartbreaks after going through a breakup with girlfriend Julie Cypher. After all, they were together for more than ten years. Etheridge later shared the reasons behind their split.

    Apparently, Cypher cheated on Etheridge with K.D. Lang. Melissa also talked about how Clinton checked her out during the 1993 fund-raising event not knowing that she was taken. But, it wasn't what ultimately ended their romance.

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    In 1999, Cypher entered therapy session and told Melissa she wasn't a queer woman anymore. By the next year, the couple confirmed their separation. And, in 2020, Melissa and Julie faced the most tragic incident of their life.

    Melissa Etheridge alongsider her late son, Backett Cypher.
    Source: Hollywood Life

    Etheridge took to Twitter in May 2020 to share the heartbreaking news that their son, Beckett Cypher had died from a drug overdose. He was only 21.

    Melissa Etheridge: Marriage To Wife Tammy Lynn Michaels

    After her breakup with Julie Cypher, Melissa Ethridge then began dating then-girlfriend turned wife Tammy Lynn Michaels in 2001 prior to their engagement in 2003. The couple, however, only tied the knot nearly after five years in October 2008.

    Melissa Ethridge and former wife, Tammy Lynn Michaels.
    Source: US Weekly

    Things went pretty smooth for the next two months until April 2010 when news surfaced the couple had broken up. According to Melissa, it was a mutual decision. And, their divorce was only finalized in June 2012.

    Etheridge and Michaels also came under the terms of sharing joint custody of their children. Not to mention, Melissa was reportedly required to pay Tammy a child support sum of $10,000 a month.

    Mellisa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels with their twin sons. Source: TMZ

    The couple also shares two children with Michael giving birth to them with a help of a unidentified sperm donor. Ethridge and Michael are parents to a pair of twin sons, Miller Steven Etheridge and Johnnie Rose Etheridge.

    Melissa Etheridge: Married Wife Linda Wallem In 2014

    After splitting from Tammy Lynn Michaels, Melissa Etheridge began dating her friend of nine years, Linda Wallem in 2011. Wallem is the scriptwriter and the creator of Nurse Jackie.

    Etheridge and Wallem became engaged in 2013 before they tied the knot in May 2014 California based San Ysidro Ranch in the presence of Etheridge's all four children. The couple who shares the same birthday, in fact, walked down the aisle on their birthday.

    Melissa Etheridge and second wife Linda Wallem.
    Source: Pinterest

    The happy bride also took to Twitter to share the bright news of her wedding to her fans and wrote, "True blessed. "By the power invested in me by the state of California..." Thanks" The married couple is still together, as of May 2020.

    Melissa Etheridge: Net Worth

    Since being discovered in the early eighties at a LA bar where she worked at, Melissa Etheridge has come a long way with her music career that didn't only earn her fame but immense wealth too.

    As per Celebrity Net Worth, Melissa Ethridge bags a net worth of $25 million. Etheridge's wealth comes from her album releases and tours. Besides, Ethridge has also supported other businesses.

    Melissa Etheridge: Quick Facts

    • Dropped out of Berklee College of Music after the third semester to focus on her music career in LA.
    • Etheridge's mother and elder sister were reportedly not emotionally available for her.
    • Recipient of Academy Awards and Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.
    • New York Times claimed Etheridge began wearing hearing Aids in 2016.
    • Diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2004 and revealed using marijuana during the recovery.

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