Melissa Etheridge and Her Son Beckett, Who Died Age 21, Had a Special Bond

When asked in 2012 what it was like raising teenagers, the singer told Pride Source, "My kids are 13 and 15, and I have two 5-year-olds; surprisingly, it’s very similar. They require all of your attention and they don’t remember anything you’ve told them."

She also credited her children for being the motivation behind some of her music. "Life has always inspired whatever I’m singing about, so events in my life in the last couple of years: new love, saying goodbye to an old love, and my kids and my hopes and my dealings of life are all there."

In more recent years, Etheridge was overjoyed to ring in Beckett's 17th birthday. "Happy birthday to my son Beckett, I am so proud of him…17!!! How did that happen? 🎶🎶happy birthday🎶🎶," she tweeted in 2015.

As her children grew older, the proud mom enjoyed bonding with them over marijuana — something she first began using recreationally at 21 and later for her medical treatment against cancer.

"It was funny at first, and then they realized it's very natural [at the] end of the day," Etheridge told Yahoo about smoking with her then 20-year-old daughter, Bailey, and 18-year-old son, Beckett. "It brings you closer. I'd much rather have a smoke with my grown kids than a drink."

"My children have a very clear understanding of cannabis," the mom of four told the outlet. "When I hold it without shame or confusion they can understand it as simple as if I was pointing to a bottle of Percocet and saying, 'That's mama's medicine.' You take the naughtiness out of it and it's not something kids then run to."

After facing some backlash about enjoying cannabis with her children, the star told PEOPLE, “My children are my priority. I love my children. They are four of the most amazing human beings on earth. I live a very blessed life. I would never want to harm any of them.”

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