“She [Viva – Granddaughter of Leonard Cohen] loves to sing… She asks many times if she can be in a movie or on a TV show, and we want her to just finish her homework first. But we’ll see. She’s definitely raring to go.” Rufus Wainwright

Now he’s also a dad to 9-year-old daughter Viva. Mom is Lorca Cohen, daughter of the late, legendary Leonard Cohen, who conceived the child through Wainwright’s sperm donation. Given Viva’s musical lineage — Wainwright’s parents are folkies Loudon Wainwright III and the late Kate McGarrigle — it’s no surprise that she’s already displaying an artistic flair. “Yeah, she loves to sing,” says Wainwright, who still keeps a Manhattan apartment in Gramercy Park. “She asks many times if she can be in a movie or on a TV show, and we want her to just finish her homework first. But we’ll see. She’s definitely raring to go.”

 

From Rufus Wainwright on the ‘brutal’ opera world and raising Leonard Cohen’s grandchild by Chuck Arnold (New York Post: July 9, 2020)

 

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