Behind every successful man there is a woman and behind Kurt Cobain (frontman of Nirvana, rock icon, member of the exclusive 27 Club, etc) there was Courtney Love. While she’s never precisely been a favourite for the Nobel Peace Prize, is she really Cruella De Vil?
The title sounds too much like a sleazy tabloid headline for my taste, but got your attention didn’t it? Anyway, I’ll clear the air before getting into the story. Kurt Cobain’s death remains one for conspiracy theorists and ex-wife Courtney Love has not confessed to murdering him. So those of you who were hoping for blood, or the needle, sorry to disappoint.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, what she however has confessed to is her intentions for Cobain if he managed to resurrect after 17 years. (Christ took a couple of days, but give it a break, he was the son of god and poor Kurt was the son of an automotive mechanic.) She says she’d kill him. After sleeping with him of course.
Her exact words:
“Mad? Ya think?! If he came back right now I’d have to kill him, for what he did to us. I’d fucking kill him. I’d fuck him, and then I’d kill him.”
In case you’ve been living in Atlantis for the last twenty years, Kurt Cobain is the lead vocalist of Nirvana, the American alternative/grunge rock band that ruled the scene in the 90’s. Nirvana broke up in 1994 when Cobain died. Though the official reason cited is suicide, there are many murder theories with his then wife Courtney Love as chief suspect.
What caused this outburst from Love?
Well when “true” Nirvana fans are yelling in your backyard that you murdered your husband I guess it takes its toll- either the injustice of it all or the guilty conscience. You can pick your side. Though it left her reeling back to drugs, she did clean up her act and manage to restore her music career to its former glory in ’98. She also occasionally starred in films and was critically acclaimed for some of her roles.
The child abuse accusations had started coming in since their daughter Frances Bean was born. An article was published in Vanity Fair that alleged that Love admitted to using heroin while she was pregnant. Cobain and Love fought it out in court and won custody of their daughter. But in 2009, restraining orders were issued against her, prohibiting any contact with her daughter and according to TMZ this was based on allegations of domestic violence. I suppose it isn’t easy living with someone who kept slipping back to drugs and is in and out of rehabs but Frances Cobain was once quoted as saying, “When you see a lot of lies about her (Love) in the tabloids, it can be hurtful.” Their relationship is complex, as is any mother-daughter’s, but more complicated too and the media playing judge hasn’t always been justified.
Legal tassels have always followed her around, from charges of credit card fraud to defamation, she’s never been the favourite child of the judiciary. She’s still battling legal charges, the legacy of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain and her personal life while trying to stay on the wagon.
Rolling Stone once called her “the most controversial woman in the history of rock” and she has more than earned the title. But at the end of the day, I don’t see myself envying her life, even when it comes with the rockstar label.
Read the entire interview at Vanity Fair.