Melissa Etheridge remembers her friend David Crosby, the biological father of two of her children

Melissa Etheridge remembers her friend David Crosby, the biological father of two of her children

After the death of the folk-rock singer David Crosby at the age of 81, friend and fellow musician Melissa Etheridge spoke out about the loss and the special connection they shared. Crosby was the biological father of the two children Etheridge shared with his ex-partner, Julie Cypher.

“Grieving the loss of my friend, and Bailey and Beckett’s biological father, David,” Etheridge wrote in an Instagram post Thursday. “He gave me the gift of family.”

Crosby, who co-founded The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, was an acquaintance of Cypher and Etheridge and was their sperm donor.

Crosby and his wife, Jan, had struggled for years to have a baby, and in 1995 they welcomed their son, Django.

In an interview from 2000 with CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” Etheridge, Cypher and the Crosbys opened up about their families. Etheridge and Cypher talked about wanting a child when they visited the Crosbys in Hawaii after Django was born, and Jan Crosby suggested the idea that her husband could help.

“I was lucky enough to get pregnant and have a baby,” Jan Crosby said. “And I was holding (Django) in my arms when I heard them talking. And it fell out of my lips. I didn’t think about it. I didn’t even ask him at first. And I was kind of surprised that I said it, too. .. I think I said ‘What about David?'”

Julie Cypher, Melissa Etheridge and David and Jan Crosby
Julie Cypher, Melissa Etheridge and David and Jan Crosby in Los Angeles in 2000.

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David Crosby quickly agreed.

“Was there any hesitation in my mind to try to help them? No. None,” he said. “The truth is, I probably shouldn’t say this, but I don’t even think it should be a big deal. I think it’s such a natural thing that a straight couple would do for a gay couple, if they were friends.”

“I will forever be grateful to him, Django and Jan,” Etheridge wrote in his post about Crosby. She called her friend a “true treasure” and said “his music and his legacy will inspire many generations to come.”

Crosby did not raise the children with Etheridge and Cypher, but said, “If you know, well in advance, from a distance, they’re proud of who their genetic father is, then that’s great.”

Beckett Cypher died in 2020 at the age of 21. Etheridge released a statement saying that opioid addiction was behind his death.

Bailey Cypher is now 25 years old. Etheridge has two other children from a previous relationship.

Crosby also has three other children from previous relationships, including a son, Raymond James, who was placed for adoption in the early 1960s. Crosby reunited with Raymond in the 1990s, and the two performed with musician Jeff Pevar in a group called CPR.

Crosby’s iconic career included writing or co-writing classic songs including “Eight Miles High,” “Wooden Ships” and “Almost Cut My Hair.” He also released eight solo albums.

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