Rocker Etheridge's partner pregnant with twins

Thursday, April 20, 2006; 7:01 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Months after doctors declared her cancer free, rock singer Melissa Etheridge is looking ahead to spending more time as a mom this fall, when her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, expects to give birth to twins.

A message announcing the pregnancy was posted this week on Etheridge's Web site, along with an answer to "the obvious question: we used an anonymous donor from a (sperm) bank."

"These are our first two babies conceived together, but not our first time mothering together," the couple said, noting that they had spent the past five years parenting Etheridge's son and daughter from a previous relationship.

Both children were fathered by rock legend David Crosby via artificial insemination and borne to Etheridge's former companion of 12 years, filmmaker Julie Cypher.

Etheridge, 44, announced in August 2005 that she was free of cancer nine months after undergoing surgery to remove a malignant tumor in her breast.

The raspy-voiced rocker said then that she and Michaels, now 31, were thinking about having a baby together. "The twins will be a joyful addition to our loving home," the couple said on her Web site.

The Kansas-born singer-songwriter, known for such hits as "Come to My Window" and "I'm the Only One," has sold more than 25 million records.

Last September, she released a greatest-hits collection, "The Road Less Traveled," which also featured a new song dedicated to breast cancer survivors. Michaels' acting credits include roles on the television series "Popular" and "Committed."

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