When American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge gave birth to her first child with her then-partner TV actor Julie Cypher in 1997, reports surfaced that actor-producer Brad Pitt might be the biological father. While these are untrue, Etheridge now revealed that she did consider getting Pitt as a sperm donor.
Melissa’s sperm donor was David Crosby, as was revealed in 2010. Crosby is the founding member of Crosby, Stills & Nash. In her interview Angela Bishop on Australian talk show “Studio 10,” the 54-year-old “World War Z” actor was one of her best choices for a donor.
“Well actually, he (Brad Pitt) was such a good friend of mine. And we did consider it,” she said.
However, she said she changed her mind because Pitt wants children of his own badly, which can become complicated if she ultimately gave birth to Pitt’s son. “And yet, I looked and I saw how badly Brad wanted children and I thought, ‘I don’t want to share this with someone who really, badly wants children, for the reason that my children don’t need another parent — they have two.'” she said.
Etheridge’s children have extremely impressive reactions when they found out that Brad could have been their father, the singer-songwriter’s son said, “I could’ve been amazingly handsome!”
Etheridge further explained that Crosby was the perfect choice because he and his wife already have children. Etheridge asserted that when David provided the sperm, it was like a gift.
Despite not being her donor, Etheridge and Pitt remain close through the years, as reported by News.com. In 2000, Etheridge performed at Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s marriage ceremony.
Etheridge has four children; she had two while with Julie (Crosby was the donor). She had twins through an unknown donor with another former partner, the American actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. The two broke up in 2010.
Etheridge recently married the American actress and producer Linda Wallem in 2014.