Melissa Etheridge reveals how she is currently coping with her son Beckett’s died of an overdose at the age of 21 in 2020. At the opening of her off-Broadway show, My Windowon Oct. 13, the legendary musician said she was able to come to a place where she refuses to feel “guilt” or “shame” about Beckett’s passing and his battle with opioid abuse disorder through a deep spiritual conviction. have that we all make our own choices,” per Page six.
“We all get to choose every day, whether it’s love or fear, and my son made his choices and I did the best I could as a mom and I’m not going to accept any guilt or shame,” Melissa explained. “He doesn’t want me to stop and ruin my life because of his choices.”
The new outlook comes after the “Come to My Window” singer previously said she was struggling with guilt three months after Beckett’s death. “There will always be that place in my heart and my soul that’s a little bit like, ‘Oh, what could I have done? And is it my fault that he ended up like this?’ and all that kind of stuff,” she said Rolling stone in August 2020. “And it just gets smaller and smaller, because it doesn’t serve me anymore, and where he is now, he definitely doesn’t want me to take it on.” she told the outlet, adding: “So, you know, if it can help any parents out there who might be torturing themselves with it … I believe life is meant to be lived with as much joy as we can.”
Melissa shared Beckett with her ex Julie Cypher. The former couple also share his older sister Bailey. Both Beckett and Bailey are the biological children of Melissa’s close friend and famous musician David Crosby. The siblings were welcomed through artificial insemination. Melissa is also mother of 15-year-old twins, son Miller and daughter Johnnywith ex Tammy Lynn Michaels. Currently, Melissa is married to producer Linda Wallemwhom she married in 2014.