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Melissa Etheridge and Partner Tammy Separate

Melissa Etheridge and her partner, Tammy Etheridge, have ended their nearly nine-year relationship, the singer's rep confirmed to People magazine Thursday.

"Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are saddened to announce that they are now separated," Melissa's rep told the magazine.

A statement from the couple added, "We ask for consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period."

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Melissa, 48, and Tammy (formerly Tammy Lynn Michaels), 35, exchanged vows in Malibu, Calif., in 2003. Tammy gave birth to twins - son Miller and daughter Jonnie Rose - in 2006.

Melissa is also mother to children Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11, with former partner Julie Cypher.

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