David Crosby gave fellow musician Melissa Etheridge “the gift of family,” the latter wrote in a Thursday tribute to the Crosby, Stills & Nash legend.
The “Come to My Window” singer-songwriter joined the droves of celebrities who publicly mourned the loss of life of the 81-year-old rocker. But for Etheridge, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was greater than a up to date and good friend, he was additionally the person who fathered two of her kids by way of synthetic insemination.
“I am grieving the loss of my friend, and Bailey’s and Beckett’s biological father, David,” the Oscar-winning “I Need to Wake Up” singer wrote on Instagram, sharing a grainy picture of her watching Crosby play guitar.
“He gave me the gift of family. I will forever be grateful to him, [his son] Django, and [his wife] Jan,” she added. “His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A true treasure.”
After a splashy reveal in a 2000 concern of Rolling Stone, Etheridge and Crosby confirmed in a subsequent “Larry King Live” interview that he was certainly the sperm donor for her children with then-partner, filmmaker Julie Cypher. Calling in to the CNN present with Cypher and his spouse, musician Jan Dance, Crosby stated that he was “very proud” that they got here to that settlement.
“You know, the truth is … We hadn’t been extremely close friends of Julie and Melissa’s,” Crosby informed King. “But if you — I think by now, just from hanging out [with] them — you can see very clearly, very quickly who they are, and they’re good people, and they made us feel that very quickly and very easily, and I liked them from the first time I met them.”
In truth, Dance is the one who advised that Crosby assist them begin a household. She volunteered him to be the organic father whereas they had been all vacationing in Hawaii.
“It just fell out of my lips …,” Dance stated on the time. “I saw a longing in them and a love, and I knew that it was deep and that it was pure and true.”
Asked by King if he was shocked that his spouse supplied him up, Crosby stated no.
“You know, I’ve said this before — I don’t really think that people should think this is such a big deal. Now I don’t mean by that that I am taking it lightly — I — anything but. I think it’s a great thing, but I think that people are probably making more out of it than they should,” Crosby stated.
In her 2001 biography, “The Truth Is … My Life in Love and Music,” Etheridge additionally confirmed rumors that actor Brad Pitt and musician Jackson Browne had been thought-about to father the ladies’s kids. The “I’m the Only One” singer has stated that she and Cypher determined towards Pitt, who had been their good good friend, as a result of he had badly needed kids of his personal on the time and so they weren’t on the lookout for an extra mother or father for his or her children.
Crosby additionally had son James Raymond Crosby and daughters Erika Keller Crosby and Donovan Crosby from relationships that pre-dated his relationship with Dance, whom he married in 1987.
“It’s one of the reasons why David Crosby and his wife are so perfect — because they already had children,” Etheridge stated in a 2016 interview with “Today.” “They were looking to do this as a gift.”
Cypher gave start to their daughter Bailey in 1997 and son Beckett in 1998. Bailey is now 24; Beckett died in 2020 at age 21 following an opioid dependancy.
Bailey Etheridge additionally saluted her organic father on Thursday, posting on Instagram: “Rest easy Croz. Thank you for the tunes, the dimples, and the love.”
Etheridge and Cypher ended their decade-long relationship in 2000. According to Etheridge’s e-book, Cypher — who left husband Lou Diamond Phillips to be with Etheridge and later had an affair with singer ok.d. lang — dropped a bombshell about their relationship throughout a 1999 remedy session: “She said, ‘You know, I’ve tried and I’ve tried these last couple of years, and I’m just not gay.’ Ten years and two children later seemed like a bizarre time to make that discovery,” Etheridge wrote.
Etheridge additionally has twins with ex-partner Tammy Lynn Michaels, who gave start in 2006. The couple break up in 2010.