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Melissa Etheridge reveals why she rejected Brad Pitt as sperm donor

Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge attends the Primary Wave 10th Annual Pre-Grammy Party at The London West Hollywood on February 14, 2016. Jason Kempin/Getty Images for EFG

In the ’90s, rocker Melissa Etheridge was searching for a sperm donor to help her and then-partner Julie Cypher have children.

Actor Brad Pitt famously came up as one of the candidates at the time, but Etheridge later chose a musician, friend David Crosby, to provide sperm.

So why didn’t Etheridge choose Pitt, long considered one of the sexiest men on the planet? Apparently because of his own desires to have a family.

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“[Pitt] was such a good friend of mine, and we did consider it,” the 54-year-old said during an interview with Australia’s Studio 10. “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.”

Ultimately, Pitt went on to have six kids with wife Angelina Jolie.

Etheridge has no regrets about her choice. She and Cypher had two children together via Crosby — a daughter, Bailey, and a son, Beckett.

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“Of course, my teenagers now are like, ‘I could have had Brad Pitt [as my dad]!'” Etheridge joked. “My son said, ‘I could’ve been amazingly handsome. But no!'”

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“It’s one of the reasons why David Crosby and his wife are so perfect — because they already had children,” she added. “They were looking to do this as a gift.”

In 2006, Etheridge had another daughter and son (twins Johnnie and Miller) with then-partner Tammy Lynn Michaels. The sperm donor for the twins remains anonymous.