Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Viva Cohen!

Singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright, son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle (who died last year), and brother of also singer songwriter Martha, has recently announced the birth of his daughter, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen. The mother, Lorca Cohen, is Leonard Cohen's daughter. Rufus has stressed on his website that he's going to be a proper father, he's 'no surrogate', and is going to help raise the child with his partner, Jörn Weisbrodt, whom he was recently engaged to.

A few things immediately struck me when I read this news. First, Rufus is gay (call me old-fashioned but in my day gay men would marry women, have children with them and be closet homosexuals…. Rufus appears to be doing the exact opposite). Second, I knew Rufus was a fan of Leonard's, but isn't this taking things a bit far? Third, that baby has one hell of a musical pedigree.


Mel said...

You are so old-fashioned. And possibly homophobic. I think this arrangement sounds great and don't see why it shouldn't work at all. It takes all sorts to make a family and she's got two great sets of parents who really want her. I'm sure she'll have a wonderful time.

Pearce said...

According to an interview I saw with him years ago, Rufus first became aware of Leonard's music because he was Rufus's childhood friend Lorca's dad. This probably casts the whole thing in a different light.

Barnaby said...

Perhaps, though I still find the whole thing a bit bizarre, possibly in a good/nice way.