Melissa Etheridge Opens Up About Loss of Son Beckett: 'Time Does Heal'

Melissa Etheridge
Lauren Dukoff

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge opened up about the May death of her 21-year-old son Beckett Cypher during an emotional interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday morning (July 14).

"Time does heal... it's only been a couple months," Etheridge said. Beckett, who Etheridge had with former partner Julie Cypher, died from an opioid overdose.

Etheridge said she is taking things one day at a time, staying busy with her music and emerging from her period of quiet mourning to thank the world for all the kind thoughts and prayers they've shared. "I would like to walk this walk now of what's next," she said, taking the opportunity to announce the launch of a foundation honoring Beckett and supporting research into drug addiction.

With more than 130 people dying in the U.S. from opioid overdoses every day, the singer said the Etheridge Foundation will look for answers to the questions she knows parents ask all too often when their family is enmeshed in the insidious battle against prescription drug abuse. "There's just no answer to it, there's no one thing to do that's gonna feel right because it's all wrong, because you know your child is suffering," she said, recalling how Beckett loved snowboarding, which is where he broke his ankle, leading to a crippling addiction.

The singer is, of course, using music to help get her through this incredibly difficult period, recently launching Etheridge TV, which features live sets and conversations to help break the grip of the isolation we're all feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Watch Etheridge on GMA below or visit Robin Roberts' FB page for the full chat.

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