Melissa Etheridge, pictured performing in February, revealed that she and her partner in the 1990s considered Brad Pitt to be a sperm donor for their child. {Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Melissa Etheridge, pictured performing in February, revealed that she and her partner in the 1990s considered Brad Pitt to be a sperm donor for their child. {Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Brad Pitt or David Crosby? Melissa Etheridge chose Crosby

To each her own: Singer Melissa Etheridge picked David Crosby over Brad Pitt to be her childrens’ biological father.

In an interview on Australia’s Studio 10 talk show. the rocker, 54, said when she and her then-partner Julie Cypher were looking for a sperm donor in the late 1990s, they thought about Pitt, Us Weekly reported on Monday.

“Well, actually, [Brad Pitt] was such a good friend of mine. And we did consider it. 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,’” Etheridge said.

Of course, the “Come to My Window” singer went with someone else, who already had kids. Cypher gave birth to daughter Bailey in 1997 and son Beckett in 1998. In 2000, Rolling Stone revealed the biological dad to be Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

It’s hard to disagree with Etheridge’s comment: “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.’”

In the 1990s, Etheridge and Pitt, 52, were close friends. She even performed at his wedding to Jennifer Aniston in 2000.

But she admitted that they haven’t spoken in years. (Pitt, of course, divorced Aniston and got together with Angelina Jolie, with whom he now has six children.)

Meanwhile, Etheridge split from Cypher in 2000 and went on to have twins, Johnnie and Miller, via an anonymous sperm donor with partner Tammy Lynn Michaels in 2006.

The pair parted ways in 2010, and now Etheridge is married to Linda Wallem.


Apparently the Stress Factory was the appropriately titled venue for comedian Margaret Cho over the weekend.

Some members of the audience of the sold-out show at the New Jersey club left, not pleased that her act seemed to have no jokes, but plenty of commentary about Garry Shandling’s death, and her own rape, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.

One witness told the paper: “She kept on talking about rape and how bad rape is, and it evidently pissed off a few people in the audience. She really got into it with the hecklers. It turned ugly and it just got brutal. People were walking out like crazy.”


Tonight at 9 on KQED Channel 9, “Secrets of the Dead: The Alcatraz Escape” ponders whether convicts Frank Morris, Clarence Angline and John Anglin, who in 1962 broke out of prison on a raft on the frigid San Francisco Bay and never were seen again, might still be alive. The program shows the work of Dutch scientists Olivier Hoes, Rolf Hut and Fedor Baart, who set out to prove if survival was possible.


Actress Lucy Lawless is 48. … Singer John Popper of Blues Traveler is 49. … Model Elle Macpherson is 53. … Comedian Amy Sedaris is 55. … Actor Bud Cort is 68. ,,, Composer Vangelis is 73. … Comedian Eric Idle is 73. … Commentator John McLaughlin is 89.

— Wire reports

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