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Etheridge tells Winfrey breakup was mutual

April 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Musician Melissa Etheridge says her separation from her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge, was mutual.Etheridge told Winfrey on Friday's episode that the separation was "as mutual as those things can be." She also called the breakup "sad."

She also called Tammy Lynn "a wonderful woman and an incredible mother" and said "she'll always be in my life."

The two held a commitment ceremony in Malibu, Calif., in 2003.

Tammy Etheridge gave birth to twins - a son, Miller, and a daughter, Johnnie Rose - in 2006.

The couple announced their separation April 15.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.