Nick Cave’s eldest son, Jethro Lazenby, died on Sunday at the age of 30, the singer said, bringing a devastating conclusion to the life of a model who met his father when he was seven years old. Jethro has a lengthy criminal record in his later years, serving time in prison in 2018 for threatening to murder his then-girlfriend and again in April for abusing his mother, Beau Lazenby.
Earlier life of Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby:
Jethro, who lived in Melbourne, had been released on bail two days before his death after being sentenced to prison for kneeing Beau in the face during a cigarette fight, leaving her ‘bruised and bleeding.’ Cave’s troublesome son primarily worked as a model, including for Balenciaga and Versace, while also acting in films such as Corroboree in 2007 and My Little Princess in 2011, both starring Isabelle Huppert. In the footsteps of his father, he was also said to have started some of his own music endeavours. However, after years of dealing with his mental health, he developed personal troubles, with his lawyer recently revealing that he had schizophrenia.
Jethro’s relation with Father Nick Cave:
In the past, Jethro claimed he didn’t meet Cave until he was seven years old. According to the BBC, he did not realize Cave was his father until around the same time. There is little known about Beau Lazenby, although Jethro was born when Cave was married to Brazilian journalist Viviane Carneiro.
Carneiro gave birth to Cave’s second son Luke exactly ten years before Jethro was born in 1991 to his Melbourne-based model mother. He was born and raised in Australia but also spent time in London, where he told the Evening Standard in 2012 that it was difficult to adjust to life in the UK. He arrived in London destitute, despite his famous father, and initially slept on a friend’s couch. He told the newspaper that he didn’t seek his father’s assistance since he was living in Brighton with his second wife Susie Bick and their twin sons Arthur and Earl at the time.
When asked if he had ever invited his father to any of his performances, Jethro stated, “I try to distance myself from it as much as I can,” and described their connection as “strained.” Despite this, he frequently used his father’s surname to promote his modeling career, but later switched to his mother’s surname Lazenby. According to The Metro, when it came to utilizing his father’s name, he allegedly told his fans, “Tbh [to be honest], it’s not as profitable as one would imagine.” Cave hinted about a tumultuous connection with his kid in 2008 but went on to imply that things have improved.
According to Rolling Stone, he added, “It was a rough time, but it worked out amazing in the end.” ‘I didn’t have many touches with Jethro in the early years, much to my eternal regret, but I now have a terrific relationship with him.’ Jethro eventually returned to Australia to continue working as a model.