Tammy Lynn Michaels says she needs more than the $23,000-a-month alimony from Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge’s ex-wife Tammy Lynn Michaels is making it really hard to be on her side. The former actress, who says she gave up her lucrative career to raise children with Etheridge, feels she needs more than the $23,000-a-month she receives each month in alimony.

She wrote in one of her blog poems that she used to make $15,000-$20,000 a week on the TV show Popular (yeah, we don’t remember it either,) and then sank all her money into her relationship with Etheridge, and quit working to take care of their babies. What makes all of this more ludicrous is that Michaels says she hopes to go to school to become a nurse or a teacher. Maybe someone needs to send her a memo that teachers make little more each year than what she receives each month (nurses make about three-to-four months of Tammy Lynn’s alimony payments per year.)

Not to mention the fact that almost anyone can live VERY comfortably raising two children on $23,000-a-month, and can definitely free her up to go to school if she wants.

Tammy Lynn also used her blog-poem medium to defend herself against allegations that she burned their five-year-old son. Basically, she said that he tackled her and got burned by her cigarette after she asked him to give her a moment while she “did” her “bad habit.” Here’s her poems via the New York Post:

I had a cigarette and i was smoking / now kids / they don’t always listen / do they?” Michaels writes in what appears to be a free-form poem. “When you stand 20 feet away from them and say / Hey- Mommy’s gonna stand over here for awhile / because I’m doing my bad habit / you guys can’t be up against me for / a few minutes / how does one know / that her amazing son / with strong and luscious arms and legs / would try to play / Invisible Monster Tackling Mommy / at / that / precise / moment?????”

I had made an insane amount of money in commercials, and then I landed my regular part on Popular. $15,000 a week … I got a raise for my second year. $20,000/week for that one. Grab a calculator, do the math, and one might see that I was financially doing PHENOMENALLY before I entered into a relationship where there was another person with money. When I was asked to stop actively seeking work, I was okay with that. There were kids that needed to be tracked and loved and taken care of … KIDSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS was my clear winner. Money doesn’t love back, you see.”

Tammy has previously outed Melissa on the her blog for cheating on her, and not giving her enough money to meet basic needs, but this is ridic. So many moms in this country, both with a partner or single, manage to go to school AND/OR work AND raise a family at the same time while making what Tammy gets in a month. #hollywoodproblems

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  • Angelika

    This trick is crazy and just because Mel has money is no reason to be paying that much each month.

  • Ralphie

    This happened weeks ago…

  • Candace

    Nurses make 60,000 a year right out of college, far more than 23.000. Where I live its around 75,000. I wouldn`t rank thier salaries in the same category as teachers…I say this because I am working my butt off to become one and I plan on living a comfortable lifestyle once I graduate. Nurses salaries are nothing to sneeze at.

    • Starcasm Staff

      Nurses make about three-four months worth of Tammy Lynns’ alimony payments, which is still far less than she’s making now.

    • Blahblahblah

      RNs only do. And that’s after 4 years of schooling.

  • Tracie

    No one forced her to quit her job. Screw this broad

  • sanoga

    I’m sorry, but I’m still hung up on this woman describing her young child’s limbs as “luscious.” Courtney Stodden, is that you?!

  • Blahblahblah

    She explained it in far more detail on her blog, btw.
    23,000 IS a reasonable sum. Her problem is she’s so bitter that she gave up her career for a marriage that didn’t last. Welcome to #straightpeopleproblems
    Keep harping on the fact that you USED TO make X amount of money. Who cares? Move on! I understand what she’s saying, but at the end of the day, you’re getting money (Melissa was originally being a big c*nt and refused to give her anything to support the kids) now its up to you to cut back. Cars too expensive? Trade them in for something smaller and more gas efficient. Home too much to maintain? Downgrade for god sakes. Want a new career? Start at a community college. Still dreaming of those old paychecks? Get yourself back into the business.
    These are issues she complains about and its like, why the hell are you waiting for a hand out? Make the changes that need to be made.

    • Sweet Venom

      Yep Yep!

  • ER

    Hard to feel sad for a woman who makes per month in alimony what I make per year working a full time job and yes I do have a child. Does she have every right to go for what she feels she deserves? Sure. She could also go and get a job, I loved her on Popular (yes I do remember that show!!) She’s right that money doesn’t love you back at the end of the day but she needs to remember that her children will remember all the public custody issues, money issues, etc… your kids will love you back but if that’s really how you feel about money, it won’t love you back, then stop fighting over it and focus on your children.