After nearly nine years together and two children, Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels had been engaged in one of the ugliest same-sex celebrity couple splits in history.
On Tuesday (22 May), the former couple settled their differences and reached a financial and custody agreement.
TMZ.com reports that the women will share custody of their twins – daughter Johnnie Rose and son Miller Steven – and that Michaels will receive monthly support that is a higher amount than the $23,000 she had previously been receiving.
Michaels had taken the battle public in a series of blog posts and complained that since Etheridge, an Oscar winning songwriter and Grammy winning performer, earns more than $177,000 per month, she should be giving Michaels and the kids more.
Michaels also claimed her former partner was brainwashing their kids to be emotionally distant from her, refused to let the kids get vaccinated, and curses around the children.
Michaels was incensed that Etheridge, shortly after their split in the spring of 2010, was saying in interviews that the break-up was mutual and amicable because she said it was not. She also said she gave up her acting career after she gave birth to their twins in 2006.
She had come to fame as one of the stars of Popular, a one-hour comedy from Glee creator Ryan Murphy that ran from 1999 to 2001 and was one of the stars of the NBC sitcom Committed in 2005. She also had three-episode guest stints on That 80s Show and The L Word.