Melissa Etheridge has opened up about selecting a sperm donor for her two children, saying Brad Pitt was a serious contender to be the baby daddy.
Etheridge met her then-partner Julie Cypher in 1988, and Cypher gave birth to the couple’s first child, Bailey, in 1997. Their second bub, Beckett, followed a year later. While there was plenty of speculation about who fathered the kids, Rolling Stone magazine revealed in 2010 that their biological father was musician David Crosby, from Crosby, Stills & Nash.
But in an interview with Angela Bishop on Studio 10, the singer says Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt could’ve been their dad.
“Well actually, he (Brad Pitt) was such a good friend of mine. And we did consider it,” the 54-year-old said. “And yet, I looked and I saw how badly he wanted children and I thought, ‘I don’t want to share this with someone who really, badly wants children because my children don’t need another parent — they have two.’
“Of course, my teenagers now are like, ‘I could have had Brad Pitt (as my dad)!’ My son said, ‘I could’ve been amazingly handsome!’
“It’s one of the reasons why David Crosby and his wife are so perfect — because they (already) had children. They were looking to do this as a gift. And my children are lovely and gorgeous anyway.”
Etheridge and Pitt had become close friends over the years, with the singer performing at Pitt’s 2000 wedding to Jennifer Aniston.
After copping a backlash in 2013 for describing Pitt’s current wife Angelina Jolie as “fearful” for getting a preventive double mastectomy, Etheridge admitted she hadn’t spoken to the actor in a decade.