Melissa Etheridge dating Popular actress

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com June 07 2001 11:00 PM ET

Lesbian icon Melissa Etheridge, nine months after the breakup of her 12-year, two-child relationship with Julie Cypher, is now dating Tammy Lynn Michaels, the actress who portrayed the evil Nicole Julian from the WB series Popular, according to the New York Post. Etheridge reportedly told People magazine that the new love made her “want to jump up and go ‘Woo-woo.’” Having recently turned 40, the singer is referring to this as her “early midlife crisis, dating a 26-year-old and buying a Camaro.” Although there is still “sadness and anger” between her and Cypher, the two are still in contact, as they share custody of the children.