Glimpse inside Melissa Etheridge's Relationship with Her Late Son Beckett

Lois Oladejo
May 15, 2020
02:30 P.M.
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Singer Melissa Etheridge had an extraordinary bond with her son, Beckett, who recently passed away. Here's a glimpse into their outstanding relationship.


Beckett is gone, but memories of the time he spent with his mom, Melissa, will forever remain with her. The 21-year-old passed away in March, and his death was officially announced by his mom's team, who also stated that Melissa would not have a show on that day.

Beckett and the singer's 23-year-old daughter were born when Melissa was in a relationship with her ex, Julie Cypher.

Melissa Etheridge video stills from the single "Breathe" shot December 10, 2003. | Photo: Getty Images.

Melissa Etheridge video stills from the single "Breathe" shot December 10, 2003. | Photo: Getty Images.


The process was made possible through sperm donation from a mutual friend of the now separated duo, David Crosby. Etheridge felt the bond between her and Beckett as soon as he was born. She revealed this during an interview with Parents at the time:

"It doesn't matter the equation that gets you there or what you are to that person...It is the bond between you and the child."


As Beckett grew older, their relationship was even better. At the young age of 9, the youngster was able to sympathize with his mom over her inability to get married due to laws against same-sex marriage at the time.

Melissa and her partner opted for an anonymous sperm donor.


The 9-year-old told his mom that the law was lame after reading it about it in the California constitution.

Melissa sometimes took to social media to wish her son a happy birthday, like in 2015, when she wished him with a tweet that highlighted how fast he was growing up.

Melissa has two other kids with her partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels. They tied the knot, with a legally unrecognized ceremony.


The two welcomed twins, Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven, who were carried by Tammy after their wedding.

Melissa and her partner opted for an anonymous sperm donor. This is because, unlike the singer's ex, they did not need to know who the biological father was.

The singer is now down to three kids. The cause of death of her son, Beckett, was revealed to be drug addiction, which he struggled to overcome. Hopefully, Etheridge will make it through the tough time.

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