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Melissa Etheridge Can't Believe She Has Four Children

08/22/2008 at 12:00 PM ET

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Musician Melissa Etheridge can’t believe that she is the mother of four children! When asked about her family life in a recent interview with Gay and Lesbian Times, she answered, "Oh my gosh, I have four children! Oh my god!” In all seriousness, the mother to Bailey Jean, 11, Beckett, 9 ½, and twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven, 22 months, knows that being a mom to four kids isn’t easy, and that parenthood "really does require an awesome amount of patience and understanding of life and living in the now." That being said, the rocker explains that her children "really bring you right into ‘But I want it now,’ and you have to take charge of what’s happening right this moment."

The 47-year-old singer tries "my best at my professional world, so I can go home and do my best at home," knowing that "my ultimate joy and happiness is being a wife and mother." Despite winning numerous awards in her career, Melissa wouldn’t trade them for being a parent to her kids, because that job is "the best thing I do."

It’s the greatest thing I do is to be a mom –- it’s the most important thing I do.

Johnnie and Miller’s mom is Melissa’s wife, actress Tammy Lynn Etheridge; Bailey and Beckett’s mom is Julie Cypher.

Source: GLT; Photo by BauerGriffinOnline.com.

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gina on

I love Melissa Etheridge! she is one of my favorite singers! Im so glad she found happiness with her children & new wife !!! Melissa Rocks !!!! lol.

Dee on

I’m so delighted to see her talk about her family. She’s opened a lot of doors to acceptance of gay families, because she’s so down to earth and positive.

Beth on

I, too, am a Great Fan of Melissa Etherdge. Her voice is unbelievable and her talent leaves me speechless; However,listening to her talk about being a “Mom & Wife” far out weighs anything else. There aren’t any words to describe the Love in the Eyes of a Mom as she talks of her children!! You will continue to inspire many.

Mary Jo Poudrette on

WOW!!!! Saw her in concert at chumash casino santa yanez,CA SOLO. She was amazing, so inspirational. I would love to just listen to all her wonderful stories. It was just her two guitars, a harmonica and the piano. I was even able to touch her left hand. She put on a wonderful show. My husband was speechless. It’s by far the best concert i have ever attended. Thank you Melissa WE LOVE YOU!!!

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