Melissa Etheridge clarifies statements on her return to dating and single motherhood

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Headlines exploded when singer Melissa Etheridge told People Magazine over the weekend that she's ready to date again less than six months after her separation from actress Tammy Lynn Michaels.

"I am ready to date again, I guess," Etheridge told Zap2it after we informed her of the People story. "I think it's very cute that people care about that. I understand it, but I find it cute."

The article invited criticism from at least one source for the singer's statement about how hard it is being a single mother without mentioning her former partners. Etheridge was quick to tell us that her youngest children -- the twins -- spend most of their time with Michaels while she spends a lot of time with her older children from her previous marriage.