Alanis Morissette Reveals Six-Year-Old Onyx Doesn’t Call Her ‘Mom’


In an interview on the Gary Bryan Morning Show on Thursday, October 20, Alanis Morissette revealed that her 6-year-old daughter stopped calling her “mom” after she noticed that it isn’t what other people call her, and instead she called Morissette by her full name.

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“My daughter has taken to calling me by my full name because she notices that no one uses my full name when we’re in personal environments,” Morissette said while on the show. The conversation is roughly 11 minutes into the interview, in which she discussed her three kids as well as her celebrated and iconic “Jagged Little Pill” album from 1995. 

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“So instead of saying ‘mom,’ she’ll say, ‘Alanis Morissette,” Morissette stated, imitating her daughter Onyx’s dramatic way of saying her name. “I’m like, ‘Yes?'”

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The famed singer and her husband, Mario “Souleye” Treadway, have three children from the ages of three to 11: three-year-old Winter Mercy, six-year-old Onyx Solace, and 11-year-old Ever Imre. 

Not only do the three children have unconventional names, but their parents also have an unconventional parenting and educational style when it comes to their children, something Morissette referred to as “unschooling” in an interview with Health in 2020. By “unschooling,” she added that they are committed to “child-led education” to allow their children’s interests to determine what they learn about.

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“So if there’s some agenda like, ‘Let’s play with these magnet tiles,’ and my daughter is like, ‘F— those tiles. I want to put glitter on that thing and cut the tree and put the thing,’ boom—we do that. […] I’m constantly watching their eyes and what they’re pulled toward, and then we do the deep dive.”

For Onyx Solace’s birthday on June 23, Morissette posted a photo of the girl holding a bird in her arms with a toothy grin on her face. In the caption, the singer said, “happy birthday to my absolute Dream-girl-daughter onyx…. you are everything i prayed for, multiplied by a million. 🤯❤️❤️❤️✨✨✨✨🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️”

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Morissette is certainly a doting mother, talking often of her children. She said that they often listen to their mother’s Grammy-winning music.

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“Even when I’m like, ‘Ah, shut that off.’ They’re so sweet,” Morissette said.