Melissa Etheridge Opens Up About Her Son Beckett’s Death

Melissa Etheridge is opening up about her son Beckett’s overdose and struggle with opioid addiction in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

“As the mother of someone who was addicted to opioids, it’s a struggle,” she said of Beckett, who died 12 weeks ago. “You want to help your child. You want to make them all better. He was a young adult.”

“There were things out of my control, of course. And there came a time when I needed to really sit down with myself and say, ‘I can’t save him. I can’t give up my life and go try to live his life for him.’ And I had to come up against the possibility that he might die. But I had to be able to go on living,” she said. “Of course it’s nothing a parent ever wants. But as a human being, I just needed to be at peace with a troubled son who did the best he could, who believed what he believed and then his life ended way, way too soon.”

Melissa is also mom to daughter Bailey, 23, and 13-year-old twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven.

Ten days after Beckett’s death, the singer tweeted a statement to express her gratitude for the support fans sent her way.

“My family has cried and grieved. We have held each other and remembered. We have eased each other’s regrets and doubts. We have received so much love and generosity from friends and fans. We are beginning the new path. I am so grateful for you [sic] kind thoughts and words. Healing…” she wrote.

“There will always be that that place in my heart and my soul that that has a little bit of ‘Oh, what could I have done? And is it my fault he ended this way?’ and all that sort of thing. And it just gets smaller and smaller, because it doesn’t serve me anymore, and where he is now, he certainly doesn’t want me to take that on,” she told Rolling Stone.

“I believe life is meant to be lived with as much joy as we can. But life is also a contrast. Life is also up and down. I’ve lived enough of it now to know. And you can’t lay down. You can’t be shattered. You can’t die and give up. You know, that’s what my son did. It’s to be lived. It’s to learn. I still struggle with it but that’s what I can say,” she continued.

We love you, Melissa.