Courtney Love Remembers Late Husband Kurt Cobain's 'Beautiful' Face on His 52nd Birthday
“So beautiful .. seeing the bones in his face. I never get tired of this one,” Love, 54, commented with the folded hands emoji on a monochromatic photograph of Cobain shot by prominent photographer Mark Seliger and posted to his Instagram.
On April 5, 1994, Cobain died by suicide at his Seattle home after a lengthy battle with drugs and depression. He was 27 years old.
He left a note, which read in part, “Please keep going Courtney for Frances,” referring to the couple’s then 1½-year-old daughter Frances Bean. “For her life will be so much happier without me. I love you. I love you.”
Earlier this month, Frances, now 26, opened up about the complicated relationship she has with money after inheriting her late father’s fortune.
On a recent episode of the RuPaul: What’s the Tee? podcast, she revealed that she feels “guilt” over the wealth because she “didn’t earn it.”
“My relationship to money is different because I didn’t earn it. And so it’s almost like this big, giant loan that I’ll never get rid of,” Frances said. “I have an almost foreign relationship to it or guilt because it feels like money from somebody that I’ve never met, let alone earned myself.”
According to court documents related to Frances’ divorce that were obtained by PEOPLE in September 2017 and first reported by The Blast, she earns more than $95,000 a month from her late father’s publicity rights.
As a self-described “trust-fund baby,” Frances said she struggled at first to learn how to manage her money. That’s changed over the years for Frances, who got sober in 2016.
“I’d say in the last two years, I’ve taken real accountability at looking at every little thing and talking with the people in charge of my money,” she admitted on RuPaul’s podcast. “And also realizing that you don’t have to live lavishly to live well. … The one way that I was shown how to live was to…live beyond your means and live in excess. It took me stepping away from that and getting sober in order to realize that no matter how much money you think you have, it’s not permanent.”
Frances also took a moment to speak out about the complicated relationship she has with her mother.
“When my mom is on a right and healthy path, she is one of the most fulfilling, beautiful, intelligent and kind people I ever met,” Frances said. “The thing with somebody who is as smart as she is is that she doesn’t know how to sit with herself. Because she’s so deeply empathetic and so intelligent that when she has to just sit inside her skin, she doesn’t know how to handle that. So she’s highly self-destructive because she doesn’t know what to do with all that information and feeling.”
Though the two have had their ups and downs in the past, Frances explained that they’ve entered a new chapter in their relationship.
“I am somebody who only wants to provide the role for her, as somebody who loves her and supports her and has a non-judgmental [perspective] of empathy and compassion that maybe nobody else in her life has,” Frances said. “I don’t want to control her, I don’t want her to do one thing or the other, and I also don’t expect that my opinions are going to deter her decisions. I want our relationship to be based on open communication and love and truth and awareness on how our actions affect the other person.”
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“She’s a really good person,” Frances added. “This is what I like to call the era of balance, and I hope that we’re bringing in the era of balance.”
Frances is now following in her parents’ footsteps with a career in music.
She describes her sound as “if PJ Harvey and Fiona Apple got into a fist fight that’s broken up by Dolly Parton, and Jeff Buckley’s crying in the corner,” and doesn’t mind being compared to her father.
“Kurt’s artistry was on another level,” Frances said. “As a fellow artist, I can recognize how important and substantial his lyrics and his melodies [were] and he was.”
“There’s a desperate need for a lot of that fan base to project onto me that I’m the second female coming of Kurt. That is a really big need that needs to be fulfilled,” she explained on RuPaul’s podcast. “People are going to project whatever they want upon me, that doesn’t mean I have to abide by that at all. But if people need that outlet in order to look at my music and look at my art and say, ‘It’s just like your dad,’ if people need that, if that’s the association they make, that’s a pretty damn good association. There are worst things to be called.”