Courtney Love Tells Vanity Fair That Kurt Cobain Tried To ‘Kill Himself Three Times’


Last week we learned the scary news that Courtney Love managed to sign a publishing deal for her memoirs but it looks like we won’t have to wait long to read her frantic rants. Courtney is interviewed in the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine and she reveals that her late ex-husband Kurt Cobain tried to “kill himself three times” and that he “OD’d at least five times” … and for that, she would first “fuck him” then “kill him” for what he did to her. Classic Courtney Love. Click below to read an excerpt from her VF interview.

“Mad? Ya think?! If he came back right now I’d have to kill him, for what he did to us. I’d fucking kill him. I’d fuck him, and then I’d kill him,” 47-year-old Courtney Love shouted at Vanity Fair contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales, asked if she was angry with her husband, Kurt Cobain, for killing himself. “He tried to kill himself three times!” And then there were the drugs. “He OD’d at least five times. I was the fucking E.M.S. I was always sticking pins in his balls. I carried around Narcan!”—a drug used to jolt OD-ing heroin users back to life. At the singer’s rented West Village town house, Love shows Sales a book from her estranged daughter Frances Bean’s “hope chest.” “This is her diary,” Love explains. “I just want you to look at this one page,” which contains a list titled, “Things That Make Me Smile.” Love, distraught, asks Sales, “Why am I not on it? Why doesn’t she put ‘watching old movies with my mom’?” Frances Bean emancipated herself from her mother two years ago, a decision that is clearly still bewildering and hurtful to Love. “All I can feel is how much I love her,” Love tells Sales. “I’d give anything to hear the sound of her heels walking down the hall past my bedroom.” The relationship between Love and her daughter has been rough from the start, as Frances was placed in protective custody when she was born. “There were no drugs in my urine, no drugs in her urine when she was born,” Love says. She laments a number of her parenting failures, such as Frances’s inability to read until she was seven: “It was my fault! I never read to her! … Why didn’t I ever take her to a Broadway show? She fucking loved those Broadway musicals!” There were times when, Love says, her daughter was teased by other children; “They called her ‘crack baby.’” Love also says Frances’s disappointments in show business came early, not just when she didn’t get the part of Sandy in a theater-camp production of Grease, but when agents and producers Love had contacted wanted Frances to do only racy roles. “That’s not who she is. It freaked her out. She wanted a Zoey 101 [the canceled Nickelodeon tween show] or something.” Frances’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, said in an e-mail to Vanity Fair that “the statements about [Frances’s] schooling are inaccurate…. The statements about her career desires, theater camp, show business, Nickelodeon, and the scripts are not accurate.” The “hope chest” sits in Love’s room, among stacks of papers related to “the fraud,” a matter that consumes her attention whenever she isn’t talking about her daughter. Love contacted Sales after reading her January Vanity Fair story on the actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, who allege that they have been defrauded and targeted for murder. “They make me look sane,” says Love. She hoped Sales might help her figure out what had become of her lost Nirvana money (more than $250 million, she claims). “What’s heartbreaking to me,” says Jonathan Daniel, Love’s music manager, who grows impatient at any mention of “the fraud,” “is that she’s very capable of earning seven figures easy without any help from Nirvana right now, but it’s hard for her to work or for others to want to work with her when she’s so consumed with fraud.” Love’s home, Sales discovers, is command central for research on “the fraud.” Miscellaneous assistants make copies and send faxes related to “the fraud.” According to Love, the money problems existed even when Kurt Cobain was alive. “We could never find our money!” she says. “We had $135,000 in our bank account. They said that if he would go do Lollapalooza he would make $11 million… Do you think Kurt would have killed himself if he had known he had $54 million?” That figure is based on research done by Love’s Twitter Army, her online fans and believers who are determined to get to the bottom of “the fraud.” “They won’t be happy till I’m dead!” exclaims Love, of no one in particular.

Ugh … it’s pretty predictable for C. Love to offer some bit of shocking information about Kurt but I wish she would stop talking about her daughter Frances in public. It fair clear that Frances wants nothing to do with her mother, and for good reason! If Courtney Love could for once see thru the haze of her manicness and realize that she is hurting her daughter, she might figure out that the way to mend their relationship is to keep her big mouth shut. It just pains me to think of what it must be like for Frances to have to deal with this kind of craziness on a daily basis. Courtney’s ravings may be entertaining to most but I’m certain they are a constant source of pain and embarrassment for Frances. And that’s really sad ;(


  • Krissy

    “and realize that she is hurting her daughter, she might figure out that the way to mend their relationship is to keep her big mouth shut.”

    I agree. Very sad situation. Sigh.

  • Jstar

    Embarrassing to say the least….

  • Meghan

    She obviously suffers from a major mental illness exacerbated by drug use. I don’t blame Frances one bit for getting away from her. Courtney needs to leave Frances alone!

  • i find this article very hard to follow or maybe i just don’t understand it – She showed her daughter’s diary to a complete stranger from a magazine? – then she wonders why the daughter doesn’t want to talk to her? Sounds like a Michael Lohan move to me.

  • Nicole

    She killed Kurt Cobain. Courtney sickens me; I hope she hangs herself with her lies someday.

  • Kelly

    I read a biography on Kurt Cobain entitled “Heavier Than Heaven” quite some time ago. It mentions in the book him OD-ing, Courtney having to revive him, and the only suicide attempt I can recall from the book (it has been almost 10 years) was when he purposely overdosed in Rome.
    So for me, being a huge Nirvana fan, any news about Kurt I have heard I already read in this book, so it is not shocking. I guess she wants to remind herself and everyone else about her relationship with him.

    • PixiesBassline

      I’ve never read that book but I have read a lot of documents and things online, and I didn’t know that he ever admitted to actually trying to kill himself in Rome. I came across quite a different story on that subject.

  • Shiny

    I loved Nirvana (LOVED) but sheesh there is so much unfounded Courtney Love hatred out there. Hate her because she’s a drug-ruined mess, and hate her because she’s a pretty rotten mother (one of the all-time worst) sure. But hating her because of Kurt killing himself? Seriously, that probably wasn’t her fault. And also (and this comes from a huge Nirvana fan) Nirvana actually improved when Kurt was with her, she’s a superior lyricist so quit blaming her for Nirvana. End rant.

  • Kendrix

    Well, if you want to improve your relationship with your daughter, start by NOT reading and publicly showing her freakin’ diaries. Showing a teenages girl’s diary around! That’s breaking so many basic rules of trust.