September 28th, 2011
01:36 PM ET
Don’t expect to see Melissa Etheridge getting steamy in public anytime soon.
The famed singer/songwriter, who received her Hollywood Walk of Fame star Tuesday, told CNN at the event that she’s not really into overt displays of public affection, be they heterosexual, homosexual or otherwise.
That's not to say she hasn't shared a kiss with a partner on occasion.
Etheridge, who's been dating "Nurse Jackie" creator Linda Wallem, admits she's "leaned over and kissed my partner” while on an airplane, as “L Word” actress Leisha Hailey says she did when she and her girlfriend were booted from a Southwest flight.
But, Etheridge continues, "Was I making out with my partner in front of people, making them uncomfortable? No. So of course I want to stand up and go, ‘Same sex kiss,’ but I want to know everything that was going on before I make a judgment about this or that."
Hailey and her girlfriend Camila Grey claim that they were told by a flight attendant that Southwest was a "'family' airline and kissing was not OK" after they shared a "modest kiss."
Southwest has released a statement that they received complaints from passengers that "indicated...the behavior was excessive." Ultimately, the airline says, it was the couple's "aggressive" reaction to the situation that "led to their removal from the aircraft." Hailey and Grey are working on filing a formal complaint with the airline.
Regardless, Etheridge says she prefers for everyone to show their love in private.
"I’m not one for big public displays of affection, anyway,” she told CNN. “Straight, gay, whatever.”
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