I am a fan of Melissa Etheridgeâ€™s music, have appreciated the social causes she has supported and feel the gay rocker deserves love and marriage as much as the next person.
But I couldnâ€™t help but notice that the news of Etheridgeâ€™s split with her partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge, hit the Internet within a few hours of an announcement by multimedia retailer QVC that Etheridge is doing a live broadcast next week and that sheâ€™s about to release her next studio album.
Perhaps the couple knew that the publicity around Etheridgeâ€™s latest musical endeavors would also draw attention to the state of her personal life and that â€˜coming cleanâ€™ now would allow the gossip to peak and fall before the record hit shelves.
In a statement today, according to the Associated Press, the two requested "consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period."
But if itâ€™s a difficult period, perhaps holding off on the record shouldÂ have beenÂ considered. Like Tiger returning to golf this month while his marriage is in clear disrepair,Â Iâ€™m left to wonder about the priorities of these celebrities.