Such wonderful, happy news!
Although there have been rumors, Rufus Wainwright confirmed today via his official website that he and his fiance, Jorn Weisbrodt, have become parents to a baby girl!
According to the press release:
Darling daughter Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born on February 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California to proud parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Deputy Dad Jorn Weisbrodt. The little angel is evidently healthy, presumably happy and certainly very very beautiful.
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."
We couldn't be more thrilled for you all!
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Rufus Wainwright revealed in Details magazine that he has quite the crush on rapper 50 Cent saying:
“And I love, love 50 Cent. I think he's just the sexiest, and a brilliant writer. And I know he's gay.”
When asked how he was so sure, Rufus replied:
"That cute little voice of his. It's okay, 50 Cent. Feel free to call me anytime. My boyfriend and I are experts. You can come over for dinner. And maybe dessert."
What do you say, Fiddy?
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The man who never wanted to settle down is now joining to struggle to marry his partner of 5 years Jorn WeisBrodt!
Musician Rufus Wainwright explains his new stance on gay marriage:
"I have been with Jorn for five years and he's the light of my life. He's my inspiration, support and he's good in the sack, too! But I am very aware of living in the U.S., of the conundrum that you can't marry your gay partner and give him citizenship. He has to apply for a green card and he may or may not get accepted, which is annoying when you're in a committed relationship.
"If we were straight, we could get married and he'd get his American passport and it would make a lot of sense. I wasn't a huge gay marriage supporter before I met Jorn because I love the whole old-school promiscuous Oscar Wilde freak show of what 'being gay' once was. But since meeting Jorn that all changed."
Equality for all!
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Canadian folk and roots music singer Kate McGarrigle, the mother of Rufus Wainwright and sister Martha, has passed away Monday night after battling a rare form of cancer.
She was 63.
So so sad.
Our deepest condolences to the Wainwright and McGarrigle families.
Rufus Wainwright pays tribute to the legendary Miz Judy Garland and completely makes Mrs. Tom Cruise look the fool!
Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright's first opera, Prima Donna, is set to premiere in the UK this July!
After being turned away from the Metropolitan Opera in New York (the singer refused to change the language of the libretto from French to English), Wainwright has secured a spot at the Manchester's Palace Theatre as part of the Manchester International Festival.
"When I started writing the opera it was in French and it takes place in Paris," said the classical songbird of the venue swap. "It made sense - I was brought up in Montreal and I can speak French. The music started to reflect the language. But the Met wanted to commission an American work."
Always remain true to your work!
The opera follows the story of "a faded operatic soprano about to return to the stage after a six-year lay-off," and Wainwright is hoping Prima Donna will transform the current state of the opera genre!
"Opera seems to have been hijacked by intellectual elements… For a long time I wanted to make it a little less intellectual and have more emotional engagement. You have to remember it was a populous form, like the bandstand of its time," Wainwright disclosed.
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In response to an apparently misquoted statement, Rufus Wainwright posted the following explanatory - albeit still mildly eyebrow-raising - correction on his website:
Recently, a quote from an interview was taken out of context and as these things go, it has appeared on many internet sites. So, to set the record straight (or shall we say gay), I am not nor have I ever been opposed to anyone's right to marry - straight or gay. I myself just don't want to at the moment and feel a strong tie to the traditional bohemian concept of being a homosexual, ie: the last thing we want is to be like everybody else. But who knows, a girl likes options. Maybe someday I will want to marry! Plus, in terms of practical issues such as citizenship, taxes, inheritance, etc…it is appauling that LGBT couples don't have the same rights and options that other people have and compared with Europe and Canada, the US should be ashamed of how they treat love. I have voiced my strong opposition to Prop 8 on many occasions and will continue to do so until that referendum is reversed. OK? I've got to get back to work now.
But that whole part about marrying your dog, that was just stoopid!
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