Her former partner Julie Cypher gave birth to two children, Bailey Jean (born in 1997) and Beckett (born in November 1998), which were adopted by Melissa.
Close friends with Brad Pitt.
Announced she is separating from long-time partner Julie Cypher (19 September 2000).
A close friend of Brad Pitt, two of his former girlfriends and his ex-wife appeared in her music videos: Juliette Lewis in "Come To My Window", Gwyneth Paltrow in "I Want To Come Over" and Jennifer Aniston in "I Want To Be In Love".
Ranked #49 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
She and her former girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels considered themselves as married since they exchanged vows in a secret ceremony in September 2003. Their marriage was not legally confirmed, because gay weddings are not legally binding in their then home state of California.
Was diagnosed with breast cancer (October 2004).
Made headlines when she gave a noteworthy performance at the 2005 Grammy Awards for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer; showing up bald from her chemotherapy treatments.
Announced in late 2005 that she is cancer-free and that she and then partner Tammy Lynn Michaels were planning to have a child.
In 2006, she announced that her then long-time partner Tammy Lynn Michaels was pregnant and expecting twins.
Her former partner Tammy Lynn Michaels gave birth to a girl, Johnnie Rose, and a boy, Miller Steven, on 17 October 2006.
Gay rights and environmental activist.
Her father John died from cancer in 1992.
Although being famous for her smoky voice, she has never smoked and doesn't like whiskey.
Won two Grammy Awards for "Best Female Rock Performance" in 1992 and 1994.
Thanked by Paula Cole in the liner notes of her album "This Fire".
She announced that she's separating from her long-time partner, 'Tammy Lynn Michaels' (15th April 2010).
Formally ended her nearly nine-year relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels. She filed for "Dissolution of Domestic Partnership" at L.A. County Superior Court and cited irreconcilable differences as the cause of their split. She also asked that the court offer Michaels no financial support. [July 2010]
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 27, 2011.
Be strong, speak true and spread the peace.
She has her own opinion. If people want to listen to it, that's fine...I don't believe in shutting anybody up. - (2000) about Dr. Laura Schlessinger's views against homosexuality
This is the only naked man that will ever be in my bedroom. [Backstage speaking to the media at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV) on her win for Best Song, "I Need to Wake Up" for the documentary An Inconvenient Truth (2006)] [25 February 2007].
[on life after chemotherapy] It's a daily chore, but I've learned how to do it. It gets easier every day. You need to believe that fear is a perception, is a choice, that anything you fear will draw you to it and you will have to go through that eye of a needle some day. Might as well do it now because it will only get bigger and harder if you don't. Once you do, you get on the other side and you're like 'Well that wasn't so hard. That didn't hurt that bad'.
(September 2001) Starting the "live...and alone" tour in support of her 2001 album "Skin"
(July 2008) On the road with the Revival Tour
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