Melissa Etheridge split: Tammy Lynn Michaels says she was 'left mangled'

melissa-ethridge-tammy-lynn-michaels-2.jpgThe end of any committed relationship is hard. But it's gotta be really tough to have a very public split.

Take Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels, who separated recently after nine years and two kids. Melissa has promoting her new album and telling the press that the split was mutual and had been coming a long time.

Now Tammy Lynn has finally spoken out, after reading somewhere that Melissa said she would "not censor" her. And her side of the split sounds painful, sad and probably very familiar to many couples, gay or straight.

Here's the poem she posted on her hollywoodfarmgirl blog: