Melissa and Tammy Etheridge have ended their nearly nine-year relationship.
“Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are saddened to announce that they are now separated,” Melissa’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
The former couple add in a statement: “We ask for consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period.”
Melissa, 48, and Tammy (formerly Tammy Lynn Michaels) exchanged vows in Malibu in September 2003.
Etheridge is also the mother of two children, Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11, with former partner Julie Cypher.
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