In Touch (USA) - - Cover story -

Melissa Etheridge needs to shut her mouth. That was the mes­sage the Grammy-win­ning mu­si­cian got from An­gelina’s camp after she pub­licly dis­cussed the ac­tress’ man-stealer rep­u­ta­tion and con­tentious split from Brad in an Oct. 3 ra­dio in­ter­view. Two days later dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on Watch What Hap­pens Live, Melissa, 55 — who per­formed at Brad’s 2000 wed­ding to Jen­nifer Anis­ton — re­vealed she’d re­ceived a call from An­gelina’s “fixer” with a “sub­tle warn­ing” to cool it fol­low­ing Melissa’s com­ments about An­gelina and how she “was around when An­gelina was not do­ing nice things with Billy Bob [Thorn­ton, above] to [his then-fi­ancée] Laura Dern.” Melissa also said that hav­ing been through her own high-pro­file divorces, she was up­set to see how the Brangelina cus­tody drama was play­ing out. The singer said she hadn’t talked to Brad since he hooked up with An­gelina (“We all lost a friend”). Melissa added: “I’ve gone through fam­ily courts … and I know it re­ally well, and I know when there’s some fore­thought to just how mean and just how you’re go­ing to put dis­in­for­ma­tion out there first.”

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