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Melissa Etheridge reveals why she rejected Brad Pitt as sperm donor

He's smart, talented, successful and awfully easy on the eyes, which is why it's hard to imagine anyone who was looking for a sperm donor saying no to Brad Pitt.

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Melissa Etheridge: Why I didn't want Brad Pitt to be my kids' biological father

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But that's just what Melissa Etheridge did when she and former partner Julie Cypher decided to start a family in the '90s.

"He was such a good friend of mine, and we did consider it," the 54-year-old rocker said during a recent interview with Australia's Studio 10.

But it was Pitt's own desire for a family that ultimately made them decide against it.

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"I looked and I saw how badly he wanted children and I thought, 'I don't want to share this with someone who really, badly wants children because my children don't need another parent — they have two,'" Etheridge explained.

She and Cypher went on to have two children together — a daughter, Bailey, and son, Beckett — and no regrets. The kids, on the other hand, now wonder about what might have been.

"Of course, my teenagers now are like, 'I could have had Brad Pitt [as my dad]!' My son said, 'I could’ve been amazingly handsome. But no!'" she laughed.

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Ultimately Etheridge went with someone who had his own family before helping her make hers — and who happened to be a fellow singer-songwriter.

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"It's one of the reasons why David Crosby and his wife are so perfect — because they already had children," she said. "They were looking to do this as a gift."

And she added, "My children are lovely and gorgeous anyway."

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In 2006, Etheridge had another daughter and son — twins Johnnie and Miller — with then-partner Tammy Lynn Michaels via an anonymous sperm donor.

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