Courtney Love took to Instagram to share a Christmas message for her late husband Kurt Cobain, which was accompanied by a picture of herself with Kurt and their daughter, Frances Bean, celebrating Christmas, NME reports.
Captioning the image, she wrote, “That Christmas moment in everyones lives that you never forget, the one that makes you feel on top of the world, where the greatest gifts are the loved ones you shared that moment with.”
“I’m grateful to have ever experienced that moment. Merry Christmas Kurt, the greatest true love I’ve ever experienced in my life. You gave me the gift that makes life worth living, our incredibly talented, loving, beautiful and gifted daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Merry Christmas Bean, love mom and dad.”
Kurt was found dead at his home in Seattle on April 8, 1994. His death was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, chronic illness, and depression. He also spoke about the difficulty he had coping with fame and the pressures surrounding himself and Courtney.
Love and Cobain met in 1990 at a nightclub in Portland, and he initially rejected her advances, but later admitted in an interview that he found her hard to resist. The couple bonded through drug use, and although their union was met with opposition from their peers and colleagues, Kurt and Courtney wed in 1992 on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. She gave birth to their daughter Frances Bean Cobain on August 18, 1992.
Bean’s birth was shrouded in controversy after Love admitted in a 1992 Vanity Fair article to using heroin while pregnant. Even though she claimed to not know she was pregnant while doping up, the confession created a media frenzy and she and Kurt were hounded by reporters after the article was published, many wanting to know if Frances was born addicted to drugs. Seattle child-welfare agents removed baby Bean for a month and the couple were only able to obtain full custody after agreeing to months of routine urine tests and regular visits from a social worker.
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Love has struggled with substance abuse problems throughout her life. In 2004, on her 40th birthday, she attempted to commit suicide at her Manhattan apartment and an incoherent Courtney was taken to Bellevue Hospital and put on a 72-hour watch. She was released two days later – deemed mentally sound. She would spend the next couple of years making several public appearances intoxicated, suffering drug-related arrests and probation violations. All of which would eventually lead to Love serving six months in lock down in rehab due to struggles with prescription drugs and cocaine. She claims she’s been sober since 2007.
In the years following his death, Kurt’s life, legacy, and mysterious suicide have been the focus of several books and films, most recently 2014’s Montage of Heck, featuring never-before-seen Cobain home video footage. Frances Bean served as one of several executive producers on the project, which was carried out under Love’s approval.
Bean and Love’s tumultuous relationship has been the subject of headlines over the years. She spent her early years being raised by her mother, aunts, and paternal grandmother. Love’s drug use would cause her to lose temporary custody of her daughter several times, and a judge would issue a temporary restraining order against Love in 2009 that prohibited her from having any direct or indirect contact with Frances Bean. In September this year, Frances got married without telling Courtney or inviting her to the intimate wedding ceremony.
In 2010, Frances Bean inherited 37 percent of her late father’s estate, taking control over public use of his name, likeness, and appearance. As Loudwire notes, Love previously controlled the rights, but agreed to step down in exchange for a $2.75-million loan from Bean’s trust fund.
Courtney Love has long been suspected by many Nirvana fans and music critics of “orchestrating Kurt’s murder,” despite the official ruling of suicide.
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