Rufus Wainwright announces he's a dad

Singer Rufus Wainwright has announced the birth of his daughter on his website. Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born Feb. 2 in Los Angeles “to proud parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Deputy Dad Jorn Weisbrodt,” the post on the website reads. “The little angel is evidently healthy, presumably happy and certainly very very beautiful.” (Lorca Cohen is the daughter of acclaimed singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.)

Wainwright also dedicated a song lyric to his new daughter: “Daddy #1 would like to offer everyone a digital cigar and welcome the little lady in with a French phrase from his favorite folk song, ‘A La Claire Fontaine’: ‘Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.'” The lyric’s translation: “So long I’ve been loving you, I will never forget you.”

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  • Cate

    I think this is wonderful.

  • kat

    This baby has Leonard Cohen as a grandfather. So much envy.

  • AcaseofGeo

    So glad for Rufus. On a side note, I’d love to be Rufus’s “Daddy”…he’s quite a HOT BOY.

    • Sloane

      He is amazing and AZNBrides was fantastic

  • realangst

    I am a fan of Mr. Wainwright’s but it was unclear in this report how this child was conceived. Is Rufus the biological father or did he adopt? And who the heck is Deputy Dad?

    • Zakry

      It really doesn’t matter.

  • denalynn2001

    Rufus did not adopt. The child was conceived with the help of a surrogate, and the mention of Jorn as Deputy Dad suggests to me that Rufus is the biological father.

  • Chantal

    Well, they are naming the mother so she was no surrogate! She is the mother! They surely used in vitro.

  • AC

    Viva? Rufus, you know I love you. But, no.

    • Jean Genie

      I think it’s lovely. It’s like a dimunitive of Vivian, not to mention that it seems to mean “life”. “Viva” was also the name of an Andy Warhol star.

  • Ethan

    Wow, that is going to be one talented kid!

    • Terry

      same thing I was thinking.

      • Chris

        I can’t say I saw this coming.. she’ll be talented for sure though, no doubt about that!

  • denalynn2001

    @Chantal: A surrogate is simply someone who bears a child for someone else. In this case, Lorca Cohen was the surrogate.

    • Chantal


      Then, all mothers are surrogate? The little girl has her name. She is a FULL mother, she did not bear a child for someone else! My god!

    • Kate

      A surrogate is someone who bears a fertilized egg for a male/female couple when the mother may not be able to carry the baby.

      Rufus Wainwright is gay. Lorca Cohen is the mother, it’s her egg.

  • Chris

    Did anyone else read this as Rufus Wainwright is dead by mistake?

  • denalynn2001

    Just to clarify, the issue was really that the press widely reported this as a surrogacy. I thought they wouldn’t make that assumption, but then that was MY assumption. Rufus issued a statement to correct the error, so I was far from being the only one who understood the story that way. At any rate, the most important thing is that this is hella good news for all the families!

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