Rufus is the son of Folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, who died of cancer in 2010. His sister Martha is also a musician.
He is openly gay, having come out in his teen years.
The Wainwright family is very close to the songwriter Leonard Cohen and his daughter Lorca. Rufus has been friends with the Cohens ever since he was a teen boy and practically grew up with young Lorca. In 2011, Lorca gave birth to a little girl, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, who she had with Rufus. Lorca is not a surrogate mother in any way but a full-fledged parent along with Rufus and his lover John Weisbrodt.
He is a big fan of opera as well as Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, and other rock/folk/poppers.
He went to the famous Millibrook prep school, but managed to turn his life around and become a decent person and artist.
He was born in New York, but considers Montreal his hometown.
Rufus is an ex-crystal meth addict, having suffered while trying to quit "cold turkey."
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Rufus plays piano, guitar, and sings. He considers the piano as being like his wife, while the guitar is an affair he has from time to time.