Courtney Love Reveals Why She Kept Frances Bean Out Of The Spotlight

Frances Bean Cobain is the 24-year-old daughter of the late rocker Kurt Cobain and actress Courtney Love who has intentionally been kept away from the spotlight. Love opened up to Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan on her efforts in giving Cobain a “normal childhood, as normal as possible for living in Beverly Hills.”

Love is promoting a new Lifetime original movie Menendez: Blood Brothers. The movie is based on the case of Lyle and Erik Menendez who murdered their parents in 1989. Courtney portrays their mother, Mary “Kitty” Menendez, in the movie.

In 1994, Frances Bean Cobain was only a toddler when her father, Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, committed suicide. Love revealed that Frances Bean has inherited some of Kurt’s best qualities.

“She’s enigmatic like he was… She’s got a very dry, kind of, sick sense of humor that he had. I mean he had a really sick sense of humor, but dry.”

Courtney and Frances Bean live two minutes away from each other. Love said the two enjoy creating art and playing music, usually the guitar together.

“I’m so proud of her… She won’t do anything until she does it on her own. She’s very stubborn that way.”

When Frances was 17-years-old, she got a restraining order against her mother and went to live with other family members.

In legal documents, it was later revealed that the order was granted due to domestic violence claims against Courtney by her daughter, according to the Daily Mail.

Courtney has proved to be a source of support for Frances following her split from estranged husband, 31-year-old Isaiah Silva, last year. Now, it appears Courtney and Frances have put their issues behind them.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Frances Bean Cobain (L) and Courtney Love attend the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for

Frances Bean Cobain is currently engulfed in a nasty legal battle with her ex to get him to fork over her father’s guitar.

Kurt Cobain’s iconic guitar, the Martin D-18E he used on MTV’s Unplugged, is not in the possession of his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, but under the lock and key of her ex, Isaiah Silva. The legal battle seems to be headed for a multi-million dollar court case. Frances Bean has been trying to get the priceless instrument back from her estranged husband since they split up. The couple decided to call it quits in March of 2016, citing irreconcilable differences, according to Daily Mail.

Silva claimed Frances Bean gifted him the guitar as a wedding present when the young lovers secretly wed in 2014. Frances Bean has adamantly denied giving him her father’s guitar as a wedding gift. The guitar is believed to be the last one Kurt Cobain played before his death.

The acoustic guitar was uniquely suited for Kurt. The bridge was flipped so that Kurt could play it left-handed. The guitar was once insured for $1 million, but is now worth several times that amount, according to experts.

Courtney Love said the guitar is not a typical instrument that can be replaced. It is a family heirloom. Frances Bean is the only child of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. Frances was not yet 2-years-old when her famous father committed suicide in April of 1994.


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Love’s manager sent several threatening messages to Silva’s ex-girlfriend, according to the Daily Mail. Love did this in an attempt to get him to hand over the guitar. After several long months of negotiation regarding the legendary guitar, Isaiah is showing no signs of giving in. Now, Frances Bean’s team will be taking “extreme and unsupportable positions” on the heirloom.

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