The Canadian-born singer-songwriter is many things to many people and his songs have become part of the fabric of life for people young and old the world over.
There's another aspect of his life that he hasn't talked much about, however--his relationship with his three children and in particular Ben, his middle child, born in 1978 with cerebral palsy.
Ben now goes on every tour with Young. “He’s our spiritual leader in that way,” Young told the New York Times. “We take him everywhere, and he’s like a measuring stick for what’s going on.”
Ben also runs a successful organic chicken farm on the Young ranch. His sister, Amber Jean, is a textile artist. The oldest son, Zeke, also has cerebral palsy, although it is in a milder form than his younger brother.
Below, a touching and heartfelt look behind the public face of Neil Young, at home on his ranch with his family that, at the time, included wife Pegi (Morton). The two have since split up, but in their divorce documents, they both agreed to continue supporting Ben.
-- Source: Kristy Woudstra, Huffington Post