PEOPLE just announced that Melissa and Tammy have ended their almost 9 year relationship.
"Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are saddened to announce that they are now separated," Melissa's rep told PEOPLE magazine.
"We ask for consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period," the former couple said in a statement to People.com on Thursday.
Melissa, 48, and Tammy, 35, exchanged vows in 2003, and in 2006 Tammy gave birth to their twins, son Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose.
Melissa became one of the first out lesbian celebrities in 1993, and she and Julie Cypher, who left husband Lou Diamond Phillips for Etheridge, were one of the first "OUT" lesbian celebrity couples. Etheridge is also the mother of two children, Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11, with former partner Julie Cypher.