Melissa Etheridge defends Brad Pitt, says she 'lost a friend' when he married Angelina Jolie

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Melissa Etheridge admits she hasn't spoken to Brad Pitt in "years," but she still has his back.

The 55-year-old singer, who was a longtime friend of the 52-year-old actor, responded to the news of Angelina Jolie filing for divorce from Pitt and the custody battle over their six children.

"It breaks my heart that anyone would take something as personal as your marriage and your relationship and your rights to your children and do it as purposefully as I see it's being done," Etheridge told Andy Cohen on his Sirius XM radio show on Monday.

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Etheridge had her own custody battle with ex Tammy Lynn Michaels in 2010, and insisted that "there's a way to be" when going through something like that. "I've gone through family courts. I've been twice around this block, and I know it really well," she said. "And I know when there's some forethought to just how mean [you can be] and just how you're going to put disinformation out there first."

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U.S. actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie (R), stars of the new action film "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" pose with one of the film's producers, Arnon Milchan of New Regency at the film's premiere in Los Angeles June 7, 2005. The film opens in the United States on Friday. REUTERS/Fred Prouser fsp/TC
Hollywood star Brad Pitt carries adopted son Maddox as Angelina Jolie carries adopted daughter Zahara during their stroll outside their hotel in Mumbai November 12, 2006. REUTERS/Prashanth Vishwanathan (INDIA)
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt kiss at their table during the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 27, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
Cast member Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt arrive for the screening of the film "The Exchange" by U.S. director Clint Eastwood at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE)
U.S. actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive with their children at Narita airport, near Tokyo, January 27, 2009. Pitt is in Japan to promote the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". From L-R: Pax, Knox Leon (carried by Pitt), Maddox (obscured), Zahara, Vivienne Marcheline (carried by Jolie) and Shiloh. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE SEE: GM1E5BB1OIM01
Cast member Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt attend the premiere of the movie "Salt" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California July 19, 2010. The movie opens in the U.S. on July 23. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actors Brad Pitt (R) and Angelina Jolie are seen on the set of Jolie's yet untitled directorial debut in Budapest November 8, 2010. Jolie is directing her first feature film about a Serbian man and Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the 1992-95 Bosnian war. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (HUNGARY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "The Tree of Life", by director Terrence Malick, in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 16, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. actor Brad Pitt (L) and his partner Angelina Jolie arrive at the Japan premiere of Pitt's film "Moneyball" in Tokyo November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie depart at the end of the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 29, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (SAGAWARDS-SHOW)
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the "Cinema for Peace 2012" charity gala during the 62nd Berlinale film festival in Berlin February 13, 2012. REUTERS/Andreas Rentz/Pool (GERMANY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) SOCIETY)
An aerial view of the 17th-century Chateau Miraval, the $60 million estate which is owned by actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, is seen in the village of Correns, southern France, August 10, 2012. Rumours of a weekend wedding between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been denied by a local newspaper and local officials said they had no knowledge of any impending nuptials. Since Pitt and Jolie announced their engagement earlier this year, there have been rumours that they could tied the knot this summer at their estate. REUTERS/Philippe Laurenson (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress and Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie (R), and her partner actor Brad Pitt, look at photographs of victims of violence at the 'End Sexual Violence in Conflict' summit in London June 12, 2014. REUTERS/Lefteris Pitarakis/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)
Cast member Brad Pitt and his fiance Angelina Jolie arrive for the premiere of the film World War Z in Berlin June 4, 2013. The movie opens in German cinemas on June 27. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Hollywood actors Brad Pitt (R) and actress Angelina Jolie (2nd L) arrive with their children Knox (2nd R), Vivienne (3rd L) and Pax (L) at Haneda international airport in Tokyo July 28, 2013. Pitt flew into Japan on Sunday with Jolie and his children to attend promotional events of his movie "World War Z". REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie pose at the Japan premiere of his movie "World War Z" in Tokyo July 29, 2013. The movie will be screened in Japan on August 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yuya Shino 
Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt and son Maddox arrive at the 5th Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Hollywood November 16, 2013. Jolie is being honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is an Oscar statuette at the ceremony. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Angelina Jolie kisses her partner, actor Brad Pitt, as she is announced recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 5th Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, California November 16, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett 
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for a special Maleficent Costume Display at Kensington Palace in London May 8, 2014. "Maleficent" is the upcoming Disney film starring Jolie and Kensington Palace is the official residence of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION SOCIETY ROYALS)
Cast member Angelina Jolie waves at fans with actor Brad Pitt as they arrive at the premiere of "Maleficent" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California May 28, 2014. The movie opens in the U.S. on May 30. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni 
Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director and cast member Angelina Jolie and her husband and co-star Brad Pitt pose at the premiere of "By the Sea" during the opening night of AFI FEST 2015 in Hollywood, California November 5, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on November 13. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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As for the allegations that Pitt was verbally abusive and physical with his son during a recent flight, Etheridge said she finds those claims "completely unfounded" and "heartbreaking."

The musician, who sang at Pitt's wedding to Jennifer Aniston, is now hoping to reconnect with her friend. "I really hope that he reaches back out because there are a lot of us who haven't seen him in 10 years," Etheridge admitted. "And it was hard then. We all lost a friend."

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Etheridge also slammed Jolie, claiming she witnessed firsthand her "nasty" behavior when the 41-year-old actress got together with Billy Bob Thornton -- who was engaged to Etheridge's friend, Laura Dern, at the time -- and was married to him from 2000 to 2003. "I was around when Angelina was not doing nice things with Billy Bob to Laura Dern," she claimed. "I helped Laura move out of her house with Billy Bob. I, like, broke into their home to get their stuff out because it was so nasty."

This is not the first time that Etheridge has criticized Jolie. Shortly after the mother of six published an op-ed in 2013 about undergoing a preventive double mastectomy, the singer -- a breast cancer survivor -- said she wouldn't have made the same decision for herself. "I have that gene mutation too, and it's not something I would believe in for myself," she told the Washington Blade at the time. "I wouldn't call it the brave choice. I actually think it's the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer."

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Prior to Etheridge's recent comments about Jolie, a source told ET that Pitt "made it clear to friends to not say anything negative about her," adding that he "only has positive things to say about her as a mother" and refuses to disparage her.

"He will only say positive things about [the] mother [of his children]," the source said of Pitt. "He continues to hope that there is an amicable resolution in the interest of the kids."

Last week, ET confirmed that Jolie and Pitt had agreed to a temporary custody deal, and had volunteered to participate in individual counseling. Pitt also agreed to undergo drug and alcohol testing, though he was not required to, sources told ET.

"She is only concerned with the health and safety of her children, that is how she feels at this moment," a source close to the situation said of Jolie.

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A source also told ET that camps for the A-list stars had recently been having "productive discussions."

"The fact that things have quieted down is a good sign for everyone," the source noted.


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