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Melissa Etheridge is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. She is married and a mother of four kids.

Relationship Facts of Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge is married to Linda Wallem {Compare Couple}.
Melissa Etheridge married on May 31, 2014.
💑 Anniversary in 181 days 💑
She is mother of Four (Bailey Jean Cypher and Beckett Cypher, Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven).
Melissa Etheridge is not having an affair with anyone presently.
Her sexual orientation is not straight and is lesbian.

What is the relationship of Melissa Etheridge?

Melissa Etheridge is a married woman. She is happily married to Linda Wallem who is an American writer who was born on 29th May 1961 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

She is famous for Nurse Jackie. They got married on 31st May 2014 after getting engaged for 11 months.

They have been married for six years. They were dating for 2 years before getting engaged in 2013.

Past Affairs

Melissa was previously married to Tammy Lynn Michaels. They got married on 20 September 2003 and were later divorced in 2012.

Etheridge had two children with Tammy Lynn Michaels. Tammy became pregnant with the help of a sperm donor whose name is not disclosed.

Tammy gave birth to twins on October 17, 2006. She has a daughter named Johnnie Rose and a son named Miller Steven.

She was also in a relationship with Julie Cypher from 1990. Cypher gave birth to two children Bailey Jean Cypher who was born on February 10, 1997, and Beckett Cypher who was born on November 1998 with the help of sperm donor David Crosby.

Later on, the couple was not happy hence, they decided to get separated in 2000.

Who is Melissa Etheridge?

Melissa Etheridge is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. She is one of the rock’s most successful female artists of the 1990s, having sold more than 25 million records since her debut in 1988.

Her self-titled debut album “Melissa Etheridge” was released in 1988 and became an underground success. “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window” are the hit songs by her

Melissa Etheridge: Age, Parents, Siblings, Ethnicity, Nationality

Melissa Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas on May 29, 1961. Her birth name is Melissa Lou Etheridge. Etheridge was the youngest of two children and was born to John Etheridge (father) and Elizabeth Williamson (mother).

Her father was a psychology teacher, counselor, and athletic director at her alma mater at Leavenworth High School and her mother was a computer consultant and an American Constitution teacher at Leavenworth High School.

Melissa Etheridge
Caption: Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem (Source: Access)

She has an elder sister. In an interview, she stated about her childhood and about growing up in a lovely home, where her family offered little in the way of emotional support. Her childhood home was at 1902 Miami Street.

Her ethnicity is Caucasian and her nationality is American.

In which school did Melissa Etheridge attend?

Melissa Etheridge attended David Brewer School which is still located at 17th and Osage Streets. She graduated in 1979 from Leavenworth High School (LHS) at 10th Avenue and Halderman.

She was a member of the first “Power and Life” musical/dance group at LHS. After that Etheridge moved to Boston in 1980 and attended the Berklee College of Music but after her third semester, she decided to drop out due to she couldn’t complete her studies.

Melissa Etheridge: Professional Life, Career

Melissa Etheridge’s interest in music began early when she picked up her first guitar at 8. She began to play in all-men country music groups throughout her teenage years and moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music at the age of 18 to pursue her career in the field of music.

In 1979, Etheridge realized her dream of moving out of Leavenworth to pursue a career in music. So she went to Boston so that she would study music at the Berklee College of Music.

After dropping out of college she went to Los Angeles to attempt a career as a musician and started working in the clubs around the city. Etheridge used to work in a bar called Vermie’s in Pasadena, CA. Etheridge also worked in the lesbian bars around Los Angeles which led to her discovery by Island Records chief Chris Blackwell.

After that, she received a publishing deal to write songs for movies including “the 1986 movie Weeds”. After that, she released a lot of albums such as “Yes I Am”, “Your Little Secret”, “Lucky”, “4th Street Feeling” and many others.

In 1993, she released her album called “Yes I Am” which spent about 138 weeks on Billboard 200 charts, and “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One” were hit in that time period. The album “Breakdown” which was released in October 1999 also peaked at 12 on the Billboard charts and spent 18 weeks on the charts.

It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. Besides that, she has also made a Lifetime Television documentary of her life.

Later in 2004 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. She appeared and performed at the 2005 Grammy Awards although bald from chemotherapy.

Awards, Nominations

Melissa Etheridge received her first Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for her single “Ain’t It Heavy”.

She earned her second Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for her single “Come to My Window”. Her other songs which were nominated for Best Rock Song were “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window”.

In 2006 her song “I Need to Wake Up” for the film documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was later released on her album, “The Road Less Traveled”.

How much is the net worth of Melissa Etheridge?

Her exact salary is not known yet but her net worth is estimated to be over $25 million as of 2022.

Rumors and Controversy

There were rumors and speculation about the sperm donor of her children who was David Crosby. Later Melissa Etheridge confirmed it and the rumors turned out to be true it was confirmed that David Crosby was the biological father of her children.

Melissa Etheridge: Height, Weight, Body Size

Melissa Etheridge has a beautiful body. She weighs about 59 kg (130 Ibs) and is 5 feet, 2 inches (157 cm) tall. Her body measurements are 34-25-30 inches.

This singer’s breast size is 32C.she wears shoes of size 6.5 (US) and wears a dress of size 6 (US). Her hair color is naturally blonde and she has beautiful dark brown eyes.

Social Media

Melissa Etheridge is active in social media. She uses Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as well. She has over 106k followers on her Twitter account and more than 70.1k followers on her Instagram account.

Her page has more than 500.7k likes and 434.3k followers on Facebook.

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