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Melissa and Tammy Etheridge Break Up

Apr. 15 2010, Published 9:38 a.m. ET

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Grammy-award winning rocker Melissa Etheridge and her partner Tammy have ended their nine-year relationship, RadarOnline.com has learned.

"We ask for consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period," the pair, who have two children, said in a statement to People.com Thursday.

The 48-year-old singer of hits such as I Wanna Come Over and Come To My Window married then-Tammy Lynn Michaels in a September 2003 ceremony in Malibu, California.

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Tammy (with the help of an anonymous sperm donor) gave birth to their twins, son Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose, on October 17, 2006.

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Etheridge also has  two children, Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11, with her former love Julie Cypher.

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