Rosanne Cash is getting real about the ups and downs of growing up with her megastar father, Johnny Cash.
In this week’s issue of People, Cash reflects on the impact her father’s rise to fame had on their family.
“I understood from a really young age that [my dad] was an artist and that his mind worked differently. And … that scared my mother,” she explains to People.
Rosanne, who is appearing in Ken Burns’ docu-series “Country Music” to discuss her father’s legacy, was faced with all her emotions again as she looked back on her father’s affair with his touring partner, June Carter.
Back in 1966, Johnny Cash filed for divorce with his then-wife, and Rosanne’s mom, Vivian Liberto, and married Carter two years later.
“It seemed inevitable, though it was so painful for my mom,” says Rosanne.
As hard as it was to watch her family break apart, Rosanne says she never had ill feelings towards Carter, telling People: “I had two really good examples from women in my life. My mom gave me this powerful sense of discipline, family, mothering and detail orientation. And June gave me this sense of expansiveness and how to live life as a performer.”
Rosanne, the eldest of five children, remembers Johnny as “the sweetest dad” regardless of his affair and struggle with addiction.
Although she always loved her father’s music, she initially worried about the life that would come with being a star of her own.
“I didn’t think I could sing,” she claims. “I grew up thinking becoming famous was about the worst thing you could do. You went on the road, you started doing drugs and got divorced and didn’t see your kids and everything fell apart.”
Along with having won three Grammy’s for her album The River & The Thread, Cash is getting ready to debut her show dedicated to her father’s songs with guitarist Ry Cooder at Carnegie Hall in November.