Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Melissa to Tammy Lynn

The Settlement Sticks, Baby!

1/4/2013 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Melissa Etheridge just scored a legal victory against her former domestic partner Tammy Lynn Michaels, who was trying to get their settlement tossed out the window.

The judge in the legal war has ruled the settlement is valid and binding.

TMZ broke the story ... under the terms of the settlement ... Melissa must pay Tammy $13,000 a month in spousal support and $10,000 a month in child support.  They have agreed to joint custody.

Melissa gets to keep some property in Springdale, Arizona, Hidden Hills, California, and somewhere in Arkansas.

As for Tammy, she gets 50% of the royalties from the album, The Awakening.  Tammy also gets 50% from the songs, A Simple Love, All There Is, All We Can Really Do, An Unexpected Rain, California, God is in the People, Heroes and Friends,  Imagine That, I've Loved You Before, Map of the Stars, Message to Myself, Open Your Minds, The Kingdom of Heaven, The Universe Listened, Threesome, and What Happens Tomorrow.

And best of all .. they each get to keep their own Vespa.


No Avatar

Rant On    

I should have been a lesbian

627 days ago


Why is it a legal victory for Melissa? Did Tammy ask for more? It would be helpful to add the couple was legally married for 9 years.

627 days ago


Even lesbos have marital conflicts!

627 days ago


After reading this story, I was wondering if the gay population still want to legalize gay marriages now?
HALF! Missy, I want HALF! and she's getting it.
Good for her

627 days ago


There is such location as Springdale Arizona. There is a Springdale Arkansas.

TMZ, how is it so difficult to report the correct location? YOU GUYS SUCK AT REPORTING.

627 days ago


They're lesbos, right?

627 days ago


"And best of all .. they each get to keep their own Vespa."

When I first read that I thought it said...And best of all .. they each get to keep their own Vagina.

627 days ago

furious cupcakes    

How can you even look at yourself in the mirror taking for ever, mind you, the royalties for someone else's art that you did nothing to contribute to other than being married to?

627 days ago


re:the nerve taking royalties...10-1 she was the Inspiration that made old melissa WRITE a lot of those songs + hey, income/work is income- work so she IS entitled altho i agree....tammy needs to man up and knock off the bul****e and move on....other than anything that has to do with THEIR KIDS anyway.......melissa did her dirty and that is why they split and i believe it was she who wanted OUT NOT tammy...

627 days ago


I knew Tammy was a gold-digger off the mark. I don't think she's a great actress either, I think she's just a great bitch. Now, Melissa, job one should be to write your best work ever, make billions of dollars, and watch her squirm when she doesn't get a piece of it.

627 days ago

Me Too    

And one last comment about this. Could SOMEONE PLEASE TELL MELISSA SHE IS NOW AN OVERWEIGHT 50 YEAR OLD WOMAN who does not look like she did 20 years ago. Melissa has a HORRIBLE CAMEL TOE every time I see a pic of her. Please either drop weight or get clothes that fit- you are embarrassing yourself.

627 days ago


Really sad!! for time marry for love!!

627 days ago


Melissa should write a book:
Twenty Three Thousand Reasons Not to Marry a Feminist

627 days ago


Still wasn't worth going down on that.

627 days ago


Didn't Melissa cheat on her (Tammy) while she stayed home with the kids? If this was a traditional couple and Melissa was a man she would be vilified and people would be on Tammy's side. Because it is not and Melissa is more famous people are on her side.

627 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web