Frances Bean Cobain: ‘I don’t really like Nirvana that much. I’m into Oasis’

Frances Bean Cobain

Francis Bean Cobain shall grace the cover of the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. The cover hasn’t been revealed yet, but this gorgeous shot from David LaChapelle reminds us that Frances is a breathtaking young woman. She has Kurt’s blazingly blue eyes and has grown up to be so lovely. Frances is promoting the Montage of Heck documentary of Kurt’s life. The film will air on HBO next month. I can’t believe she’s 22 years old! It truly seems like yesterday when I heard first heard Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” (A hint: I was involved in the youthful pursuit of trouble at the time.)

This interview reveals Frances to be an intelligent, thoughtful person. I’m always amazed to see how well adjusted Frances is, especially when one considers her father’s death and her mother’s eternal crazy. Frances has seen some sh*t in her day. Although she and Courtney Love are on speaking terms, she holds her mother at arm’s length for several good reasons. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Frances demonstrates some perspective regarding her father. The best part is when she reveals that Nirvana really isn’t that cool:

Her father’s death: “Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him. I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn’t want to be here and everyone would be happier without him. In reality, if he had lived. I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience.”

She’s not into Nirvana: “I don’t really like Nirvana that much. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in. But ‘Territorial P***ings’ is a f***ing great song. And ‘Dumb’ — I cry every time I hear that song. It’s a stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself — of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation.”

On Kurt’s everpresence: “I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable. Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there’s my dad. He’s larger than life. and our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible … But he wasn’t. He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt. He became even bigger after he died than he was when he was alive.”

Similarities between Frances & Kurt: “It’s very weird how genes are. Dave [Grohl], Krist [Novoselic] and Pat [Smear] came over to a house where I was living. And they had what I call the “K. C. Jeebies,” which is when they see me, they see Kurt. They look at me, and you can see they’re looking at a ghost. Dave said, ‘She is so much like Kurt.’ They were all talking amongst themselves, rehashing old stories I’d heard a million times. I was sitting in a chair, chain-smoking, looking down like this [affects total boredom]. And they went, ‘You are doing exactly what your father would have done.’”

[From Rolling Stone]

What I find most striking here is how Frances refers to her father as “Kurt.” That makes sense. Frances never knew her father, she only knew his legend. She knows other people’s memories and perceptions of him. She respects him, and she also refers to him as “my dad,” but she can’t quite call him “Dad.” Frances seems like a very strong young woman. A wealthy and privileged young woman, sure. But we don’t ever see her stumbling out of clubs or calling the paparazzi. She mostly hangs out at home and paints every day. She’s compelled to create, which is a nice change from the legions of 22-year-olds who simply selfie all day long.

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Photos courtesy of David LaChapelle/Rolling Stone, Pacific Coast News, Fame/Flynet & Getty

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  1. insomniac says:

    I cannot imagine how weird it would be to have people asking you about — and comparing you to — a father you never even really knew.

    And like Bedhead, I’m pleasantly surprised by how well Frances has turned out.

    • bettyrose says:

      I always wondered that about Lisa Marie Presley. And things got really weird for her. didn’t Nick Cage say he married her to be closer to his idol, i.e. her dead father? Then Michael Jackson too?

      • Laura says:

        Lisa Presley was nine years old when her dad died so she definitely remembers and misses him. It was very likely a bizarre scenario for her to be married to Nicolas Cafe, given his obsession with her dad. As for Michael Jackson, I think that was a marriage between two friends, one of which was trying to save the other from himself.

    • aims says:

      Frances has turned into an intelligent,strong woman. She was born into a legacy that she’s indifferent to and that’s ok. She is her own person, she didn’t know her dad and her mother is a cracked out narcissist. If anyone had the right to freak out it would be her. Nobody should ever judge her for the way she refers to her dad, he wasn’t around, they share DNA, but that’s it. I bet it does feel like a burden she has to carry around.

      If she feels abandoned by him, then that is her right to feel that. It’s her dad that died young, her family.

      Also, let’s not jump on the ship of grossness about how the rest of Nirvana went to see her. They were her dad’s friends. If anything it feels like an uncle thing who tells their friends daughter stories about her dad. Giving her an idea about who he was, it’s sweet, and it sounds like she appreciates it..

      • jaye says:

        Did someone make a comment about her hanging out with her dad’s friends? I’m not being combative, I just didn’t see that upthread.

  2. Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

    But she’s happy to ride on his coattails.

    • cannibell says:

      That’s a pretty unkind thing to say. It’s all she’s got. I’d say for a young woman who never got to know the person who was her father but only his legend, she’s managed learn a lot about how to live her life as a creative person who doesn’t give away the store. Her dad had no one to warn him about that, but she had his story and she didn’t cast it aside.

      I have a lot of respect for her.

    • OriginalTessa says:

      People are more interested in her than she seems to be in fame. She’s not riding his coattails. She’s his daughter, and she inheriting his money. That’s just how it goes.

      • cr says:

        That’s the impression I get, she is doing this because people are still interested in Nirvana, not because she wants to use that interest to further her own career. To me, this is more about Kurt and Nirvana than it is about her.

      • OriginalTessa says:

        She’s sharing what little she knows about her dad with his fans. She’s doing this for his fans who are latching onto what little there is left of him (and that includes her). She seems very aware that people are interested in her because of him.

    • Jenna says:

      How is she possible doing that? What a shitty thing to say.

    • KD says:

      No. Riding his coattails would be getting jobs and freebies bc HEYYYY EVERYBODY, I’m Kurt Cobain’s daughter, look at me!! She can’t help being related to him, and a lot of ppl want to hear what she has to say, myself included. She reminds me SO much of her dad, and I love stories like the one she told of the rest of Nirvana thinking she’s exactly like him. It’s weird and lovely that his daughter is a mini-me, and brings on a twinge of nostalgia every time I see her… and ppl will never stop asking her about Kurt. Insulting her like that is nasty and untrue.

      • FingerBinger says:

        She is kind of riding his coattails. What has she done to earn the cover of Rolling Stone?

      • Wonderbunny says:

        I don’t think that’s how magazines work. Magazines feature people and things that are of interest to their readers. You can’t really “earn” interest. You’re either interesting or not due to what ever circumstances.

      • Lou says:

        I think she’s interesting. Give me her over the Kardashians any day.

    • doofus says:

      I didn’t get that AT ALL.

      but I will side-eye her for liking Oasis. BARF.

      ETA: that pic of young Dave Grohl…ROWR.

      • tealily says:

        I slightly wonder if the Oasis comment is trolling. Either way, I think it’s really funny.

      • mimif says:

        doofus, what am I going to do with you?

        True story: Krist Novoselic was standing in front of me in the grocery checkout and forgot his wallet when he walked out. The checker was totally annoyed (place was packed, she had no idea who he was even tho Nirvana had absolutely exPLOded at that point), so I ran it out to him. He was so so thankful, appreciate, nice, shocked even. He was super tall and also ugly AF (sorry). Anyway, nice guy.

      • doofus says:

        what? what’d I do?…

        please don’t tell me you took offense at what I said about Oasis. oh, wait, it’s the other gallagher’s eyebrows, isn’t it?

        true story: Krist Novoselic is Andy Kaufman’s long lost son.

      • oneshot says:

        If anything, her taste in music makes me like her better. Oasis were and are the ultimate trolls and could put out a good tune, even if they started as a reaction against her dad’s brand of music.

      • mimif says:

        @doofus, Dave Grohl. Excellent musician but I don’t see the ROWR factor.

      • doofus says:

        aha…gotcha. MORE FOR ME, THEN.

        (PS – he’s hot ’cause he’s smart and he’s on the right “side” on social issues.)

      • jenn12 says:

        Oh, doofus, you have no idea… Dave is crazy sexy and smart. He and Jennifer Finch went at it under the stage after a concert and I was green eyed with jealousy. I love his music, I love his intelligence (whispers), I love him.

      • mimif says:

        Ah, okay, you can have him then, but only if I get to keep Kim Thayil. ;)

      • doofus says:

        jenn12, I do SO have an idea!…hence the ROWR comment above. I’ll share, though. I guess I’d HAVE to… ;)

        mimif, you and I can double date…I’ll take Chris Cornell…

        *drools like Homer Simpson*

      • jenn12 says:

        Chris Cornell, Ritz, 1989. Just… wow. :) Loud Love! But Dave Grohl… being a fan doesn’t even begin to describe it.

      • jaye says:

        I agree on the Dave Grohl ROWR comment, although I think he looks much better now. He plays instruments and he’s funny. I wonder if he’s a good cook. Those are pretty much my only requirements for lasting love.

    • Sarah says:

      Wow. How would you get that from her? She hasn’t tried to have a music career or an acting career. She’s producing a biopic which is nice and she’s being interviewed on a big anniversary for Nirvana. So…..

    • Anne says:

      No, she isn’t. She’s paying tribute to her father at a time when it’s appropriate to do, that’s it.

    • Ava says:

      I don’t see that at all. She didn’t know him but may want to honor his memory. It’s amazing she is as normal as she is….

    • Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

      Speaking of Oasis, I watched Xavier Dolan’s new film Mommy today and Wonderwall was used to great effect on the soundtrack.

  3. Kath says:

    It’s amazing how level-headed Frances has turned out to be. 22 years old! God, that makes me feel old.

    • hadlyB says:

      I am not so sure how level headed she is when she has had so much plastic surgery already at such a young age. She dropped so much weight and changed her face completely.

      Her face is completely different different. She is gorgeous now. I just hope she doesn’t keep going.

      • Boston Green Eyes says:

        Well, TBH, he mother *is* Courtney Love and just for that alone, I think that she is very level-headed for a 22 year old. Her parents, though very talented, are/were really f’ed up, and to get out of that alive, never mind not totally f’ed up, well, kudos to Frances Bean!

    • pf says:

      Yeah, she’s intelligent, which isn’t shocking considering Kurt was a pretty thoughtful person and Courtney is crazy smart in a manipulative way, but Frances is hardly level headed. She’s been engaged for a while to a horrible musician who could pass for a young Kurt (she is far too young for something like that, besides is the guy into her or into her money?). She’s had tons of plastic surgery (most obvious are her nose and lips). And I would guess she takes drugs as she mostly looks strung out all the time (the dirty hair and scary skinny arms and legs certainly don’t help). And anyone who’s seen her twitter knows she posts plenty of selfies, like anyone her age. She might not go to the clubs, but she strikes me as just as famewhorey as her mother.

  4. mkyarwood says:

    She’s lovely, but she’s had a lot of face work. Also, Oasis sucks.

    • Boston Green Eyes says:

      Yeah, but the fact that she loves the Brian Jonestown Massacre makes me adore her! IMHO, one of the best and most under-rated bands.

      • Kitten says:

        I f*cking LOVE BJM.
        Have you seen “Dig!” ?

        @mkyarwood-I mean, I like Bean a lot but I think it’s sort of false to say that she “grew into a beautiful young woman” as if she didn’t overhaul her entire face. It doesn’t make me like her any less and the work that she had done looks great, but I think not acknowledging that is sort of the verbal equivalent of Photoshop. She’s very young to have had so much surgery and I can’t help but side-eye her mom’s influence in that decision.

        And yeah, Oasis is f*cking terrible.

      • Boston Green Eyes says:

        @Kitten – yes!! Dig! is now one of my favorite rock and roll docs! In fact, it’s what led to my loving BJM and Anton Newcombe, though I had heard some of their songs on my Dandy Warhols Pandora radio station earlier. Check out their newest stuff on YouTube – Anton (or whoever handles getting his stuff out) is always posting beta versions of new songs.

      • Kitten says:

        Thanks for the heads-up! I will definitely check out. Anton is so amazingly talented, even though he’s batshit crazy.

        Also, I saw the Dandies live in 2008 and they put on an awesome live show.

    • pf says:

      Well, she’s still young. One day she’ll look back on her musical tastes and think “Ohmigod I liked Oasis? What the hell’s wrong with me?” Music that you liked as a teen or in your early twenties hardly stands the test the time, especially when the music is godawful like Oasis.

    • doofus says:

      I’m SO GLAD to see that I’m not the only one who hates that overrated, whiny, thinks-they’re-the-second-coming-of-TheBeatles “band”.

    • Val says:

      ^THIS
      I was shocked when I saw the before/after pictures.
      That “beauty” came with a price.

  5. Sayrah says:

    Well as a teenager in the 90s I loved both Oasis and Nirvana.

    She does seem very mature and I also picked up on her calling him Kurt. I’m glad she’s ok despite the sadness and loss in her life.

  6. Jess says:

    I can’t believe she made it out of childhood alive with a mother like Courtney, but she’s definitely a thoughtful and smart young woman, I cackled at her not liking Nirvana, that also sounds like something Kurt would say. She really does look so much like him, she’s stunning. I can’t wait to see the film.

    Her comment about a man who abandoned his family struck me as a little sad, I bet she does feel that way on some level, but she seems to understand why Kurt did what he did. Very interested to see what she does with her life, and I’m so happy she’s not following in their drug past so far, not good that she smokes cigarettes but I’m sure she’s been addicted to nicotine since she was a fetus so I almost can’t blame her.

    • Joy says:

      Nicotine and god knows what else went into her as a fetus. It’s a MIRACLE she didn’t suffer some major delays.

      • Jess says:

        It really is, if I remember correctly Courtney admitted to using heroin in the beginning of her pregnancy, I suspect it was the entire time and she probably drank as well.

    • jenn12 says:

      As someone who was around that scene, Courtney is/was messed up, but so was Kurt. I am always amazed that she gets all the negativity when he was just as addicted and messed up. They are (were) BOTH Frances’ parents.

      • jwoolman says:

        Jenn12- the reason the woman gets such negativity is that what she does for nine months has a real and potentially long-lasting effect on the baby inside her. The father’s input is done in a few seconds. Unfair, but that’s biology. Women really do have to think about the consequences of their actions in a way men don’t. That includes before they even realize they are pregnant, unfortunately.

        After the birth, both parents can mess up the kid if they so choose….. But Mother Nature still expects more of mothers than fathers. This is true for other mammals as well. Regardless of Disney illusions, mothers are built to be the sole provider and to protect the babies from the fathers in many cases. It’s nice to have a real partner, but species would never survive if that were a necessity. That includes humans. Species with a long time to adulthood often have female communities that provide the same benefits as long-term parental pairs. Females in other primate communities clearly cooperate in such ways. Good idea to have options.

      • Laura Renfree says:

        People still mourn and sympathize with Kurt. They realize that depression is deadly if not treated, Courtney doesn’t get much sympathy because she admitted she got him hooked on heroin (yes, she’s claimed to have actually injected him the first few times). She abandoned him when he was in a crippling depression and struggling with a drug addiction. She ran off to Europe to promote her album. She did not come straight home when she was told he was missing. She never grieved for him, she just jumped into bed with several different guys within weeks of his death. She published his diaries. She ran around doing interviews bragging about all the stars she banged and how she “owned” Nirvana and how rich she was though she squandered a huge chunk of her daughter’s money on god knows what. She constantly lies about and smears Kurt . She tried to fuck over Dave and Krist, even though they didn’t get a whole lot of the money from the band because Kurt wrote most of the songs. She doesn’t want them to have a PENNY of the money they earned. She’s a greedy, cold-hearted, vicious woman.

  7. Babadook says:

    I don’t know any 22 year old who sits around and takes selfies all day long – most of my friends are working towards their degree while also working a minimum wage job. Like, I wish I had time to spend on sitting around taking selfies.

    • OriginalTessa says:

      I don’t, and I’m not sure you really do either. More free time, yes. But Frances’s life? No one would ask for that. She has all this money, but no parents or family. I imagine life got very lonely for her over the years.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        No money in the world could make me switch with her. Sure, I was working and studying at 22 but let’s not pretend that that is always such a hardship. It’s just life. And if you’re in college and you have a job, you’re already among the lucky ones, even if you work nights and sometimes don’t know when to sleep. It’ll pass and my attitude has always been that having a job is already more than a lot of people have. A family on top of that? Yeah, not much to complain about.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I agree! Wouldn’t it be nice, if every 22 year old had the money and the time, to paint all day! Most of the 22 year old’s I know, are going to school, and working, and trying to have a little social life. I do feel bad that Frances didn’t have her Dad growing up, but let’s be honest, even if Kurt hadn’t died, he wouldn’t have been a great Dad. Both of her parents were very bad drug addicts, and she probably would not have been living with either of them…

    • perplexed says:

      I thought that statement was made in reference to the socialite types — i.e the Kardashian sisters, not the regular 22 year olds with actual work to do.

      Edited to add:

      Oh wait, you’re correct. That statement above did seem to reference all 22 year olds in a strange way.

  8. dr mantis toboggan says:

    What is Dave grohl doing hanging around this young woman? Certainly lends credence to Courtney’s claims of his impropriety towards frances

    • It is what it is says:

      No way! Both Dave and Krist show support for Frances’ art shows and the like. They’re there to support her, and they knew her dad. Nothing wrong with that, even Frances has said she likes them in her life.

    • Livan says:

      If Dave cared about Kurt, why should he not see Frances? I love Courtney’s music but I have the feeling you should not really trust her word.

    • crab says:

      Geez why do you have to make something pervy out of it! Dave and the rest of Nirvana are like father figures to her and they look out for her!

      God do I miss Nirvana!!

    • MrsBPitt says:

      They made a documentary about Kurt, for HBO, that is coming out in May….I’m sure that is why they were together. It looks really interesting!

    • littlestar says:

      She probably sees them as surrogate uncles, and nothing more.

    • jenn12 says:

      Frances herself has said Dave is nothing but appropriate towards her and has always been so.

    • lily says:

      They are also business partners.

    • noway says:

      Courtney has a mostly hate-hate relationship with Grohl. Although, now I think they mostly tolerate each other. Grohl was always the main opponent with Courtney over Nirvana’s music catalog and image, as Courtney has been kind of nuts over the years. Courtney said Grohl was inappropriate with Frances and then took it back very quickly.

      David Grohl is a very busy man with a big family life and a touring band for decades. As much as I would like to think he has been a father figure to Frances I doubt he has seen her that much over the years. I think they were all meeting to discuss the documentary which I am sure they are in, and David probably had a lot of information since dealing with HBO on his Sonic Highways documentary.

    • KD says:

      Don’t be disgusting. It’s completely normal. My parents’ friends would check up on me if they died, it’s not pervy in the least. And gee, any wonder that the rest of Nirvana might take an interest in how their bandmate and friend’s daughter is doing when she’s got a mother like Courtney?

  9. moi says:

    That photo looks more like Annie Leibovitz than LaChapelle. Disapointing.

  10. oma says:

    maybe shes not into nirvana because it hurts. you listen to your father who have left you. Even if you didnt knew him, your dad left the family. must be horrible. Kurt could have stopped making musik for some years. nobody dragged him to do music. it was his drugabuse.

  11. paola says:

    I wonder what would have happened to her if her mother raised her. I don’t think she would have turned out as fine.
    I have a lot of respect for her.
    I loved when she called out Kylie Jenner and told her she is a ‘self absorbed idiot’.
    Now she should just extend the definition to the whole family.

    • Miss D says:

      “I loved when she called out Kylie Jenner and told her she is a ‘self absorbed idiot’.” I think it was horrible. We don’t know WHY Kendall wrote that (I think it was Kendall, not Kylie). She was (and still is) a teenager. Frances doesn’t know that girl, maybe it was something serious. Her life is not perfect. Her parents are divorced, her father wants to be a woman, etc.

  12. sills says:

    All the wealth and privilege in the world can’t make up for your father choosing death over you. I hope she is able at some level to forgive him. All the best to this young woman.

  13. Kiddo says:

    What the hell with the photo styling and concept? Suicide and mental illness porn. I get the “I live through this” bit, but was it necessary with the slashed wrist, blood on the walls and the abandoned lunatic asylum backdrop? It’s quite a literal, obvious interpretation. I’m not saying this from a pearl-clutching perspective, it’s just cringe-worthy and eye-rolling inducing to see Lachapelle stoop to sort of a level of kitsch, in translating a guy’s death.

    • hadlyB says:

      Live through this was Hole’s album. But yeah the back drop is over the top.

      I firmly believe Kurt wrote most of Courts music anyway and after he died the guy from Smashing Pumpkins, forget his name right now. The music was so different it was ridiculous.

      • notsoanonymous says:

        Billy Corgan.

      • tealily says:

        Ugh, I think Hole’s music is atrocious. Listen to “Doll Parts” and pretend the woman performing it wasn’t married to someone famous. That piece of garbage would never have made it on the radio. It sounds like a 14 year old wrote it.

      • oneshot says:

        @tealily – what about Violet, then? Courtney’s a terrible person but let’s not pretend Hole put out no good music.

      • tealily says:

        It’s not my taste, but I do understand that some people like it.

      • jenn12 says:

        Courtney (and Hole) were around since 1989. She’s nuts, but a musical genius. That’s part of why Kurt was into her. She didn’t need him to write music for her.

      • DN says:

        Hole was a band.

        So when people say Kurt Cobain wrote Hole’s music, I feel really sorry for Eric Erlandson and Melissa Auf Der Maur, who are very talented musicians & songwriters, as well as Kristen Pfaff & Patty Schemel, who contributed a lot to Hole’s songwriting on Live Through This.

        I know Kurt & Courtney are these huge, attention-grabbing figures, but it’s unfortunate how people on both sides of the “Courtney wrote this”/”No, Kurt did” debate basically choose to ignore the existence and contributions of all the kick-ass musicians that made up Hole.

    • Granger says:

      Thank you, Kiddo. The slashed wrist was the first thing that got my attention. As articulate and intelligent as Frances appears to be, that photo is just weird. I can’t imagine agreeing to that styling if my dad had committed suicide.

  14. Daz London says:

    Frances is more or less normal, because she’s been giving this whole mess the side-eye since birth.

  15. E says:

    I think she is not into Nirvana because, over the long haul, they were terrible. The drug-addled teenage angst slant came and went quickly because a host of new musicians and bands–including Seattle’s own Soundgarden–made them obsolete.
    For every decent Nirvana tune there are a dozen Jeff Buckley songs and 50 Radiohead songs that blow any Nirvana song away; one could claim that the Foo Fighters are better than Nirvana.

    • Kiddo says:

      The Foo Fighters weren’t/ aren’t groundbreaking. I don’t love everything from Nirvana, but they set the stage for others to follow and improve upon a theme. Some of Curt’s poetry was brilliant. I do think they reached god-like status because Curt died, and that may be too lofty of a perch, but it’s a stretch to say they weren’t extraordinarily influential or talented, with some truly iconic songs.

    • idontknowyouyoudontknowme says:

      A matter of opinion… I hpersonally ate every Radiohead song, and Soundgarden has 1-2 enduring songs, but not a lot.
      If anyone could contend with Nirvana when it comes to grunge, I would say Alice in chains, Would is still one of the most haunting and best songs ever.

      • Veritas says:

        Omg I love AIC I think they were better than nirvana there songs are beautiful and haunting. Laine staleys voice was amazing and soulful u can really feel the pain he was in through his voice. He was the definition of a beautiful disaster.

      • Asiyah says:

        In my opinion, AIC is the best of the grunge bands.

      • Ash says:

        I like one Radiohead song. I was never able to get into their music. I liked Nirvana. I also listened to AIC, Pearl Jam, L7, etc.

      • geekychick says:

        Pearl Jam. BOOM. Fight over. Kings of grunge. Black, Garden…what more do you need?

    • Wilma says:

      I’m not into Nirvana, but it is ridiculous to say theyweren’t influential. Here’s twenty bands inspired by Nirvana: http://www.gigwise.com/photos/84167/nirvanas-in-utero-is-20—here-are-the-artists-that-it-inspired
      This does not include my personal favorite band dEUS.

    • littlestar says:

      I personally think Nirvana was one of the most influential bands of the last 20 years. Look at how they changed music and spawned so many copycats/influenced so many other musicians and bands.

    • grace says:

      Nirvana may not have been your favorite band @E, but they were not terrible. A terrible band can’t start a new type of music that takes over the world. Grung was the big thing while I was in high school. We had a moment of silence in school when Kurt died. I’m a metal fan and always have been, but I loved the grunge bands and so did all the people Kurt and Nirvana influenced. Can’t believe it’s been 21 years

    • Lola says:

      I agree. It was a very poor style that Nirvana copied from other bands like The Melvins. But Frances is right, the guy is famous because he’s killed himself, if he was alive he would be just like any other aging musician out there.

      • bcgirl says:

        hey, it’s just “Melvins”, not THE Melvins! haha, remember that, (how many times did we correct people buying records at Cellophane Square in Seattle!)
        sorry, had to whip it out again. :)

      • Laura Renfree says:

        So the biggest rock star in the world (at the time), who completely revolutionized rock music was only famous for killing himself? That’s some air-tight logic right there.

    • Asiyah says:

      I didn’t really like Nirvana all that much until I got older. Sure, I LOVED “Smells like Teen Spirit,” but I considered them to be overrated when I was younger. Even considered them the worse of the grunge bands. But I don’t know, sometime in my 20s I grew to truly appreciate them. Maybe I started to pay more attention. Maybe a part of me felt more of Cobain’s pain. I have no idea. I can see why some aren’t impressed with Nirvana but now as an adult I fully understand.

      Love Radiohead!

  16. Naddie says:

    Whaaat?? Francis Bean Cobain is 22? It’s so crazy how time flies, I honestly don’t know if I feel young or old, since our age gap is not that large, like it seemed to be some time ago.

  17. perplexed says:

    Never realized how much she looks like…Taylor Momsen.

  18. Veritas says:

    It probably hurts her to hear nirvanas music so I’m not surprised that she feels that way. Must be to painful to hear that all the time for her. I think it’s cool that she likes britpop. I was into britpop big time when I was a teen. Too bad that scene is pretty much dead now. Cus I still love it too. Remember suede, pulp, and blur they were awesome.

  19. Tara says:

    Why does Kurt get sainted and Courtney vilified? He was just as much of a mess and abandoned his daughter. At least Courtney Love is a survivor. She and Frances are fine now.

    • Eleonor says:

      Because he died.
      And Courtney is still a mess.

    • Lola says:

      Many people say it’s because she’s female. Male rock musicians don’t get called out on doing drugs, being bad parents or for being too sexual.
      Not saying Courtney is a victim, but she has a point. Men are praised for the same behaviour she’s being put down for.

      • jenn12 says:

        Hell, yes. And someone repeated the rumor that Kurt wrote for Courtney. Courtney is nuts, but so was Kurt. They were both drug addled messes. I love(d) their music, saw both bands a lot of times, but they couldn’t get it together. Addiction ruled them.

      • Laura Renfree says:

        Nobody judges her
        because she’s a woman. They judge her because she is a delusional psychopath who doesn’t care about anyone but her damn self. And what planet do people praise a guy for being a junkie? Come On

    • FingerBinger says:

      Kurt joined the 27 club and Courtney is still alive.

    • noway says:

      Well their marriage was a mess in the end. Some people think she was involved in Kurt’s death and it wasn’t suicide. For a while it seemed like she was doing well during her acting days, and then she went off the rails again. Kurt’s dead and can’t do wrong.

      This is the same sort of thing that happened with Whitney and Bobby Brown, but he gets vilified and not her. Not sure it is really a female thing, I just think that both Bobby and Courtney don’t really present a good public image.

  20. Ameoba says:

    It disturbs me that she chain smokes. But, her life.

    • Andrea says:

      That disturbs me too, guess she was raised around smokers. It kills people, usually slowly and painfully but it kills. No one is immuned to it, if you think you are, you are only fooling yourself.

      • grace says:

        Disturbs me to see young people smoking when it’s known how bad it is and how hard it is to quit. I was raised around smokers and I never started. Mom had heart attack at 32

      • Andrea says:

        My boyfriend lost his mother when he was 12 to lung cancer. It is really sad that people think that since their grandpa who probably rolled his own cigs lived until 92, they are immuned to illness/death from smoking.

    • Sarah says:

      She was probably born addicted to nicotine. Both her parents were addicts or so many things (and her mothr seems currently addicted to attention!). It’s not so simple

  21. bns says:

    She came off really well in this interview. Her twitter is insufferable.

  22. Eleonor says:

    I know I’m in the minority here but I don’t think she’s had plastic surgery: she has Courtney Love original face.
    With Kurt’s eyes on.
    Btw: I am very happy to see her doing so well.

    • Nar says:

      I agree. When she was younger she had a chubby face, which softened her features but now she’s way thinner, therefore making her face “sharper”. She looks just like Courtney but with Kurt’s eyes.

      • notsoanonymous says:

        Agree. There is a photo of Courtney when she was a small child in the liner notes of a Hole record – and Frances is identical to her with Kurt’s eyes.

    • Granger says:

      I’m not convinced she’s had a nose or chin job, etc, but she definitely gets her lips done.

    • Melanie says:

      No, no, no. She had already starting losing weight before the drastic facial surgery. There are plenty of pictures of her with her original face and a thinner body. Not this thin, but thinner. And she hasn’t just had one or two things done. She has a new face. Same eyeballs, but everything else is new. Google, you shall see.

  23. Andrea says:

    I read the entire article and love how articulate and self-aware she is. She truly is her own unique person and describes her father well although she never really knew him. She was a fix the relationship baby, a hard pill to swallow, but she was nonetheless. I can imagine it being very difficult to live in her father’s shadow. Imagine how many questions she gets PER DAY about him especially with new people? I loved Nirvana and Oasis growing up btw. Never heard of the other two bands she mentioned—can someone enlighten me?

    • TheBigBadWolf says:

      Just curious but do you have a link on Frances being a ‘fix it’ baby?
      I always assumed she was a accident . Kurt freaked when he found out courtney was pregnant because they had been doing drugs for a while then or so I thought lol :)

  24. Zigggy says:

    Gorgeous girl. ” If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible … But he wasn’t.” Word.

  25. Madpoe says:

    That first pix is enchanting as heck!

  26. Veritas says:

    France’s is beautiful thank god she didn’t get her mothers original nose. She does look more like Kurt than Courtney thank god.

  27. Jonesy says:

    I love how in the picture of Courtney holding baby Frances, both she and Kurt are making the same exact face. She looked just like him from day one.
    (Courtney’s face on the other hand….typical).

  28. Anne says:

    Wow, I’ve never read an interview with her before, but she strikes me as impressively insightful and self aware. She seems to understand her father’s struggles without blaming him for his choices. That is beautiful and, for many of us, incredibly hard to do.

    Of course she wouldn’t like Nirvana. I would think any teenager would feel a bit strange about their father’s music. It’s not a straightforward experience listening to your father’s voice.

  29. kanyekardashian says:

    Nothing against her, but it would be nice if she did something with her life that meant something besides hanging out and painting all day and wasting her father’s money. Go to college, learn something, volunteer in the Peace Corps, promote a cause to help people – the kind of causes her father would have supported – instead of just acting like a celebrity when she’s done nothing to earn it. She’s just someone’s kid.

    • Boxy Lady says:

      What’s wrong with being a painter? I hope you don’t have any artists in your life who count on you for emotional support. Geez.

    • Elptx says:

      She is an artist! Imagine if someone unsupportive like you went off on someone like Picasso or Monet or Klimt?? Gosh!

  30. jenn12 says:

    Amazing that the daughter of two of the original geniuses of that era doesn’t like their music, and it was Riot Grrrl Day in Boston today. I remember seeing Nirvana in 91 at the Marquee and they tore it up, but even then, you could see how fragile Kurt was. And again at the Ritz before he died, when Pat was supporting him as best he could. He always made me think of that Lord Byron quote about wit and madness being allied, but so did Courtney. Hole in 1990 was not to be believed in terms of genius, but she is fragile, too- just in a big mouthed way. Not sure what to think of Frances, but glad she’s doing reasonably okay. Interesting that she refers to her parents in such a detached way, and she’s right about the abandonment. We all think of him as a saint, but she sees him as the dad who walked out on her.

  31. Reg says:

    This clown had more work done on her face than Joan rivers, she’s unrecognizable
    From her pre surgery face. Nose, chin implant, eye job, bariatric surgery,
    If Kurt cobain was killed by Courtney prior to their divorce
    How ironic that he’s daughter making that statement. What a douchebag, oasis sucks, and she has Courtney love crazy eyes in a lot of her pictures……

  32. Amy says:

    Did she have work on her face or is it the dramatic makeup/dyed black hair and skinnier frame that has made such a drastic change in her appearance? She used to be the spitting image of her dad when she was younger and a little chunkier (she wasn’t fat or anything but she had way more meat on her bones). I don’t remember Nirvana or Kurt Cobain, I was barely a toddler when he killed himself. But based on pictures I’ve seen of her dad and how much she looked like him, I think maybe Frances wanted to disassociate physically from her dad and decided to surgically or cosmetically change her appearance. Which I can’t blame her, I wouldn’t want to forever be associated with a dead man I didn’t know.

  33. JRenee says:

    22 and major plastic surgery? can someone post before and after pictures?
    I have always rooted for her. Seems like the aunt who took custody of her, seems to have been good for her. With all that she has dealt with, it’s lovely that she is as stable as she appears.

  34. Moi says:

    Not sure about the lips, but that is dramatic makeup that makes her look so different for the majority. Plus she lost her baby fat people. She’s 22 FGS. Also not sure about her Twitter, not bothered. However, she could very very easily be a nepotistic famewh*’re and is not whatsoever.

    I like her.

  35. MAC says:

    I lost respect for her with that choice of photo shoot.
    She is damaged no one gets out of that even if bio mom din not always have custody.
    The photo to me says she is damaged and I hope she deals with it .
    She will never be out of their shadow I just hope she can have a happy life on her own terms.