If you're looking for genes, you could do a lot worse than Brad Pitt!
When Melissa Etheridge had her first child with then-partner Julie Cypher in 1997, rumors swirled that Brad Pitt might be the biological father. While it was later revealed the actual sperm donor was music icon David Crosby, Etheridge told Australia's Studio 10 talk show recently that the Big Short star was indeed in contention!
"[Brad] was such a good friend of mine. And we did consider it," the 54-year-old singer shared on the program. "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.'"
"It's one of the reasons why David Crosby and his wife are so perfect," she added. "They had children. They were looking to do this as a gift. And my children are lovely and gorgeous anyway."
But what's really amazing is how Etheridge said her two older kids reacted upon hearing about the Brad-nearly-dad story.
"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!'"
Etheridge has four children. Two with Julie Cypher (via Crosby acting as donor), and twins via an anonymous donor with another former partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels.
And let's be honest... Pitt would be (and is, to his own kids with wife Angelina Jolie) a pretty cool biological dad. And in the past, he and Etheridge did prove to be good friends, with the Grammy winner even performing at the actor's 2000 wedding to ex-wife Jennifer Aniston.