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Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem

From Friends to Lovers: Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem


Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem

Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem

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Who is Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge is Grammy and Academy award-winning singer who came out as a lesbian in 1993 at President Bill Clinton's inauguration.

Who is Linda Wallem?

Linda Wallem is a television writer and the creator of Nurse Jackie on Showtime.

How did they meet?

Melissa and Linda have been friends for years. According to People magazine, Linda Wallem was Melissa Etheridge's "best man" at her 2003 wedding to Tammy. Also according to People, Melissa and Linda got together three months after Tammy and Melissa broke up. According to Tammy, they were having an affair for much longer, before she and Melissa split.

Children and Marriage?

Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem married in California on May 31, 2014. Melissa Etheridge tweeted a picture of her feet and some flowers with the words, "A gorgeous, perfect, beautiful day to get married." The next day she tweeted "True love...so blessed. 'By the power invested in me by the state of California...' Thanks." Same-sex marriage is legal in California.

Melissa Etheridge has four children. Two from her relationship with Julie Cypher and twins from her relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels.

About Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem

Both Linda Wallem and Melissa Etheridge were born on May 29, 1961.

Back when they were just friends, Linda Wallem said of Tammy and Melissa, "I have to say, I live vicariously through them because I don't have kids, and they are the most amazing mothers, the most amazing family I know."

Past Loves

Melissa Etheridge was in a long-term relationship with filmmaker Julie Cypher. Melissa and Julie split in 2001. After their break-up she was in another long-term relationship with actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. Melissa and Tammy broke up in April 2010.

Linda Wallem was previously involved with her Nurse Jackie writing partner Liz Brixius.

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