Bailey Jean Cypher is not a rock musician. At least not yet.
One of the 3-year-old girl's parents is rocker Melissa Etheridge, who is raising Bailey with her partner, filmmaker Julie Cypher. Bailey's biological father is veteran musician David Crosby, of Crosby, Stills & Nash and formerly of the Byrds.
Bailey Jean Cypher was born at 1:35 a.m. on Feb. 10, 1997, in Los Angeles. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Cypher, who was artificially inseminated with
Crosby's sperm, is Bailey's birth mother, though Etheridge is legally her
Etheridge and Cypher have another child by Crosby Beckett, a boy, born Nov. 18, 1998.
Tabloids and the mainstream press alike had speculated about the paternity of the children. Etheridge's friendships with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and actor Brad Pitt fueled rumors that Bailey and Beckett had a famous father.
The rumors were confirmed when Rolling Stone magazine, in an interview with the couple in its Feb. 3 issue, broke the news that the children's father was Crosby.
Etheridge and Cypher had met Crosby and his wife, Jan, various times through the years, at concerts and parties. When the couples bumped into each other in Hawaii in the mid-'90s, they discussed having children. Jan Crosby suggested to Etheridge and Cypher that they use her husband's sperm, and the offer was accepted.
"For one, he's musical, which means a lot to me, ... and I admire his work," Etheridge explained to Rolling Stone. "And he has his own life, has his own family." Crosby has a 4-year-old son with Jan and two adult children, including rocker James Raymond, from previous relationships.
Though the Crosbys have met Bailey and Beckett, they are not involved in the children's upbringing. But Etheridge has told Bailey that Crosby is her father.
Bailey and Beckett, who have already made the cover of Rolling Stone, call Etheridge "Mama" and Cypher "Mamo."
Crosby is currently on the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion tour. Etheridge, nominated for three Grammy Awards this year, is performing in Las Vegas on Saturday, in support of her latest LP, Breakdown (1999). The album features the song "Scarecrow" (RealAudio excerpt), an ode to Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard, who, because he was gay, was tied to a fence, beaten and left to die in 1998.
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