Frances Bean Cobain’s ex claims she’s a hoarder, her house is ‘unlivable’

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In 2014, Frances Bean Cobain got secretly married to Isaiah Silva, who was then her boyfriend of several years. Frances was only 21 years old at the time, and in the most un-shocking news ever, the marriage fell apart quickly and Frances filed for divorce earlier this year. The divorce is absolutely going to last longer than the marriage – there’s already been significant back-and-forth between Silva and Cobain about money, her dad’s guitar and more. But this might be the weirdest chapter of their divorce saga: Silva claims that Frances Bean is a hoarder.

Frances Bean Cobain’s “online shopping habit and hoarding” has forced her estranged husband Isaiah Silva out of their house. While the couple is currently divorcing — and fighting over Kurt Cobain’s valuable guitar Frances gave Silva as a gift at their June 2014 wedding — reports say he has now been forced out of their LA house by the court.

But we’re told by a friend of Silva’s, “The weird truth is that Frances Cobain’s house is virtually unlivable because of Frances’ hoarding. Frances spends her days doing lots and lots of online shopping. Virtually every room is filled with boxes of stuff Frances has ordered from online retailers and never even bothered to open — shoes, clothing, art supplies, music equipment, and even several large-screen TVs.”

The insider said that Silva was already splitting his time between his ex-girlfriend’s house and his parents’ place.

As part of the interim agreement before a final settlement can be reached, Frances must pay Silva $12,000 a month in spousal support for four months.

[From Page Six]

Hoarding is a fascinating thing to me, and I’m sometimes surprised by who is actually a hoarder. Like, there’s a fine line between being a hoarder and simply keeping impeccable archives, right? Is Beyonce a hoarder or does she just keep impeccable archives? Is Frances Bean a hoarder or does she just like to shop online? She’s an heiress to a large fortune, and it doesn’t sound like she’s buying completely crazy-expensive stuff. Like, she’s not hoarding Warhol paintings or whatever. She’s hoarding clothes, TVs, etc. I don’t know. Maybe it’s crap. But it’s such a weird claim, right?

These are photos of Frances out with her mom (Courtney Love) over the weekend in Paris. They went to the Givenchy show and the Enfants Riches Deprimes show.



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  1. Ramona Q. says:

    She needs to buy shampoo and use it.

    • Starkiller says:

      She could use a little dry shampoo at the roots, but other than that there’s nothing wrong with her hair, it’s just fine-textured. Not everyone wants to wear 10 kilos of fake extensions.

      • Beth says:

        My hair is the same texture as hers and that’s what mine looks like when I’ve gone too long without washing it. It’s definitely dirty

    • Placebo says:


  2. Lenn says:

    She has her fathers eyes

  3. Babs says:

    I’m afraid FBC’s story is going to end badly.

    • FingerBinger says:

      I couldn’t disagree with you more. She’s been doing everything not to follow in hers parents footsteps. Hoarding is bad but there are worse things.

      • Babs says:

        Sure. Like extensive plastic surgery at a very young age,, drug use, throwing away significant inheritance for an ain’t sh*t man who never cared about her as a person…

  4. Lalu says:

    It’s gotta be an incredible burden having all that money and everyone knowing. How could she know who really loves her for her? Even without the money… Just the legacy. Lots of guys would be interested because she’s Kurt’s daughter. And then there’s the fact that her parents were/ are nuts. You have to feel bad for her.

  5. Cannibell says:

    My understanding about hoarding is that it’s rooted in loss. So, not shocking to read this, although that Silva is dishing this kind of dirt is disappointing.

    • pf says:

      You’re right and a deep, painful loss leads to addictive, compulsive-like behavior. I know three hoarders (I even worked for one as she “attempted” to clean her home, which was impossible) and all three are adopted. Not saying being adopted leads to hoarding, but the loss of their real parents must have affected them so greatly that they all want to replace it with escapism and instanteous feelings of happiness, whether it be drinking, eating disorder, or on-line shopping. The one hoarder I know easily spends thousands of dollars each week on Amazon and EBay and hardly opens any of the boxes that are delivered. So I kind of believe this story about Frances, she has the money to do it and she’s experienced a traumatic loss in her life. Also, her genetics show that she could be prone to addictive behavior. Anyway, I feel bad for the girl and I do not think this divorce will end well.

      • Here's Wilson says:

        I have a very close relationship with someone that hoards. Maybe 10 years ago she purchased a new home with the biggest selling point being it was ”so large she could never fill it up”.
        Well, she did.
        She’s an amazing, compassionate person with an insane sense of humor and just laughs it off more than anything. She once told me she had been close to homelessness when suffering from depression and addiction. She says surrounding herself with material possessions gives her a sense of security, that she never wants to feel homeless and like she has nothing again.
        She’s a beautiful person and it’s very sad to know she feels that way.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Same here. My friend’s mother is a hoarder. She lost her husband when their kids were very young. She received a large life insurance policy and then an inheritance from her father’s estate when he passed away. She buys mostly crafting supplies and fabrics, but there is a menagerie of electronics and tech stuff too. All of it is mostly unopened and piled in heaps. Nobody stays at her house because there is no room – basically a narrow walk-through in every room stacked with boxes and packages from floor to ceiling. She rents a storage unit and that is filled too. She is a lovely person – so kind and giving. Buying is an adrenaline rush and hoarding is her ‘company’ at home.

        I watched hoarders once in a while, because, I too, am fascinated with the addiction aspect of hoarding and the unwillingness to part with it even when faced with loved ones unable to visit. One episode was about a woman who hoarded storage containers. I still find that funny….the irony.

    • Hoarding is an anxiety disorder and it’s very easy to see the difference between a hoarder and a collector. As soon as it begins to interfere with the living space, it’s hoarding.

    • Rebecca says:

      At least she’s not hoarding cats or used goods. That’s when hoarding becomes a health problem.

      I would love to go through her house and check out all the things she bought online.

  6. paolanqar says:

    She always looks so sad.. maybe compulsive shopping helps her deal with her father’s death and an absent mother.
    After all the surgery she looks like that actress from Melrose place, her name was Eve I think. Google tells me her name is Rena Sofer.

    • Michelina says:

      I remember her! I definitely see the resemblance.

    • NeoCleo says:

      I always think the same thing: every photo I can remember of Ms. Cobain she always looks terribly sad. Especially the ones in which she poses with Mom. They both look miserable together.

  7. AlleyCat says:

    So this claim is to prove what exactly? That Silvia derserves half of her fortune? That he should have her fathers guitar because she is a hoarder? Girl, bye.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, so shady.

    • pf says:

      It doesn’t prove anything, except maybe he’s trying to suggest she’s not mentally well. Anyway, him dishing the dirt on her and going after her fortune so quickly proves what a douchebag he truly is.

      • It'sJustBlanche says:

        That guy is a total piece of dirt. I hope that she’s OK. Just one of those girls you can’t help but have a soft spot for and she seems like a decent person. I also think that, for once, her mom looks pretty healthy.

  8. Michelina says:

    I feel like Frances is a great example of cosmetic procedures/surgery done right. She had her lips done and yet doesn’t look even remotely as plastic or fake as Kylie Jenner. Personally, I think she is absolutely gorgeous.

    I followed her on Instagram for a while but found her to be way too extra for me and unfollowed. I don’t know if I believe that she’s a hoarder, but I definitely think she has issues but how could she not with what she’s been through?

  9. Nancy says:

    She looks like her dad, the eyes…..but also carries the genetics of two disturbed individuals. I wish she’d smile sometimes. She always look so sad, and she’s a cute little pixie, Can’t be easy with Courtney as your mom and an infamous father she will never know. Hope she gets help.

    • tmot says:

      Maybe she doesn’t feel like smiling, especially for the paps. She doesn’t owe it to anyone.
      She’s smiling in the first of the photos with the satin jacket. Happy?

      • Denise says:

        I’ve noticed in all the photos I’ve seen of her with her mom neither of them tend to smile. This is odd. You’d think Courtney would be helplessly beaming whenever Frances is in her life but instead we get the moody modelly look. Knowing how Frances grew up and how things will continue for her I will always give her a pass I think. I feel really uneasy when I think about what it would be like to be her.

  10. Josefina says:

    I have a friend who looks SO much like her. They even dress the same. I swear they could be twins. Curiously, this friend also has very questionable spending habits.

    I can believe the guy this is true, since compulsive shopping isnt that uncommon. But it’s still pretty shady he’d dish this out like that.

  11. milla says:

    They also went to Chanel show.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      Saw an interview of Bean and her mother from that show. Both of them were high and didn’t manage to form even simple sentences.

  12. Lisa says:

    Think the difference between hoarding and archiving is messiness. Bet Beyonce knows where everything is.

    • aenflex says:

      Those who hoard collect and keep things that are typically of no monetary value. Things they don’t need, don’t use, don’t have space for. Loss is definitely a factor, or past emotional trauma/PTSD. Hoarding is a type of OCD.
      Major difference between a true person who hoards and someone who maintains a large, well cared for collection of shoes, trains, etc.
      It’s not just a matter of clean versus unclean.

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, my MIL is a hoader and her place is filled with trash off the street, stuff she thinks she could use for art projects or maybe resell. On top of that she stopped washing her dishes years ago, her appliances and toilet have broken and the only way to get through her place is along very narrow pathways through the junk. It is indeed mental illness and is extremely hard to treat.

        I’d believe Frances is a compulsive shopper but I’m less convinced she’s a true hoarder.

      • pf says:

        If she has rooms full of unopened boxes with no space to walk through, as he sort of suggest, then unfortunately she’s a hoarder. Or like you said about your MIL, keeping onto stuff that a person might use one day…that’s another sign. Hoarders don’t know how to get rid of anything.

      • LoveIsBlynd says:

        I read a story that her mother was such an hoarder that their family pet died due to impact. Sounds macabre and tragic- bit could this be a learned trait?

  13. Snowpea says:

    Oh man. I loved Nirvana sooooo much and even photocopied my BC and changed my DOB back in 1991 so I could go to an all ages Nirvana gig….it was EPIC.

    Frances isnt much younger than Kurt was then. God she’s beautiful but I worry so much for her 🙁

    • yellow says:

      Fake DOB for an all ages show? Tough times. Sounds fun, though! I saw them at a bigger concert in Dec. 93; my first concert. Would have loved to see a small gig.

      Also, the brunette looks great on her! I was just wishing recently that she’d ditch the black as it often contributed to an unhealthy looking palor. She looks great here!

      • HEAVE HO says:

        You brought a doctored birth certificate as ID to an all ages show which is amazing and long live Cascadia but why were they carding the children, that’s bananas

  14. Trillion says:

    I wonder if there really is a “large fortune”. I mean, Nirvana had a short career and it was a long time ago. And CL has spent a lot of that money already. Smart investments maybe?

  15. QQ says:

    sorry but… are they.. sober?

    • amilu says:

      stellalovejoydiver above commented, “Saw an interview of Bean and her mother from that show (Chanel). Both of them were high and didn’t manage to form even simple sentences.”

  16. Dominique says:

    She is strikingly beautiful.

  17. Freyja says:

    Courtney killed Frances’ cat and dog due to her hoarding. Such a terrible person.

    Poor Frances, loving with Courthey Love for a mom. It’s no wonder she’s a hoarder.

    • Lipreng says:

      Francis said her cat was crushed underneath her mom’s hoarding. She actually said her dog was killed by eating a bunch of her mother’s pills. So sad.

  18. Konspiracytheory says:

    My MIL has been a hoarder for decades. Most people who know her would have no idea – hoarders are masters at hiding their disorder. I agree with posters ^^^^ who say hoarding is rooted in loss/trauma – my MIL has major anxiety and depression issues, which appears to be common among hoarders. Sadly, there usually is no helping a true hoarder. As a family we have stopped trying to change her, and are just bracing ourselves for the task at hand when she eventually passes – a very sad (and at times frustrating) situation.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      When my friend’s mother passed, they cleaned out the huge house she had filled over many decades. This was a home that had in the 1960s been featured in the magazine House Beautiful. After she lost her daughter to cancer, over the years it became clogged with the detritus of hoarding. After it was cleaned out, I saw pictures of it on the realtor’s site, where it was up for sale. The spacious, empty rooms were haunting. No matter how much I tried to appreciate the (finally) exposed, and quite beautiful, lines of the interior, I found it impossible. For me, the hoarding had left a hollow stain in every room. Ugh. Such a lovely lady, and such a lovely house.

  19. Lipreng says:

    I believe this claim. According to court documents Francis filed years ago, her mom
    Is a hoarder. Hoarding is often passed down to offspring. Offspring tends to go to one extreme or the other, either hoarding or extreme cleanliness and a minimalist lifestyle.

  20. Margo S. says:

    Well I know for a fact if I was going through a crap relationship that turned into a messy divorce, I wouldn’t be thinking, “oh, better unpack those TVS and hang them up.” Like, who would even think about organizing their house during that? And he’s still living there? I’d be like, “oh yeah, you’re refusing to leave willingly? Well I’m going to keep the house as filthy as possible.” And online shopping may be her vice through all this. So she’ll get to it once this awkward situation is over.

  21. elle says:

    Is that supposedly Courtney with her in the picture? Holy crap… she looks like another actress whose name escapes me. Gravelly voice, stars in one of the current or former cop/detective/forensics-type shows.

    • Lensblury says:

      Maybe you’re thinking of Kristin Lehman of Motive? Whenever I watch the show, for the first few minutes KL reminds me of Courtney.

  22. Shelley says:

    Wasn’t her mom a hoarder too? I remember Frances stating her poor cat was found deceased among all of Courtney’s stuff. Money does not buy happiness. So sad.

  23. Babalon says:

    Courtney is a hoarder. Remember that story about her killing this girls’ cat because of it?

    It doesn’t surprise me that she’s using the coping tools modeled for her by her mother.

  24. dandan38 says:

    I think FBC is so pretty-and what a cute baby she was! Courtney as a person sounds like an irredeemable mess, but I always liked Hole(love NIrvana), and got this scrapbook/coffee table book she made, and it had the most beautiful picture of baby bean haha. I hope she doesn’t end up like either parent however…

  25. Ally8 says:

    Enfants Riches Déprimés… translates as Depressed Rich Children. How bizarre/apt.

  26. Mark says:

    That woman should have never married that guy, who is trying to stab her in the back.

  27. Nibbi says:

    i think she’s quite beautiful and does look a lot like her father. i’m surprised to read that she’s had plastic surgery- she seems so young, her face looks natural, and again, so much like her father. i dig, too, that she dresses in a 90s goth kinda way– seems so fitting and kind of uncanny really. i feel like if her worst problem is hoarding given all the diciness handed to her by her parentage then she’s getting off easy and no one can blame her. poor kid, i hope she’s always ok.

  28. what's inside says:

    She looks like her father and her mother looks like hell.

  29. KatInChicago says:

    I kind of feel like “hoarding” is a term that is overused by those not understanding the true meaning.
    For instance, in preparation for Chicago winter I purchased two pairs of boots. My boyfriend referred to this as “hoarding”

    I picture hoarding being mountains piled high of newspapers, magazines Grey Gardens overwhelming to the point of hazard.

  30. Madpoe says:

    Since when did Courtney start looking like an older version of the Olsen twins?

  31. Ani says:

    Frances looks a lot better here than last time she was photographed publically. For awhile she looked VERY thin and very ill like in those pictures of her at a Moschino event…