We first got to know Frances Bean Cobain as a little baby when news broke of her father Kurt Cobain’s death. She has been hidden away for most of her life because she just wanted her privacy. She had no interest in the type of limelight that her parents enjoyed.
She is the daughter of rockers Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain. He, of course, went down in history, first because of his popular band Nirvana and also because of his untimely death. It was a tragic time for the music industry as we never like to see the loss of life from such talented people.
There isn’t a lot known about Frances Bean Cobain and that’s because she has kept her life so private. But lately she has been branching out a little more and because of that, a lot of things have come to light. She’s a gorgeous girl who has a lot of talent and it’s not surprising given who her parents are. Now that she’s all grown up, it’s time to get to know the girl who is the spitting image of her father. Check out these 18 facts only surfacing now about Frances Bean Cobain (+ 2 we learned from Courtney Love).
20 She’s A Jack Of All Trades
We may not have heard a lot about her over the years, but this girl has been one busy bee and she is so talented. She has been modeling, dabbling in music and even working for a magazine. People in the industry seem to be in complete awe of her.
“This isn’t just some cultish foundling,” said Mary H. K. Choi, senior editor of MTV Style, when talking about pictures of Frances that were printed in Harper's Bazaar. “She’s absolutely owning the moment, and I think that’s the first time we’ve seen her do that.”
19 She’s Going Into The Family Business
Frances was hesitant about going into music because of who her parents are. It always seems to be the curse of celebrity children to be compared to their parents. “It’s my family business” and “there’s kind of this [negative] association with musicianship in my family, just because it hasn’t ended particularly well,” Frances said on RuPaul and Michelle Visage’s podcast.
But this year, she has been considering it seriously. “But what I think is making me and pushing me to kind of go for it is that I don’t sound or act or am anything like my parents’ artistry,” she added. “When I sing, it’s a definitive sort of own space that I’m making for myself.”
18 She Feels Guilt Over Inheriting Her Father’s Fortune
Frances never knew her dad and yet she inherited all of his wealth. She’s had mixed feelings about that for many years and has felt a lot of guilt over having the money.
"My relationship to money is different because I didn't earn it," Cobain said on RuPaul: What's the Tee? podcast this year. "It's almost like this big, giant loan that I'll never get rid of. I have an almost foreign relationship to it or guilt because it feels like money from somebody that I've never met, let alone haven't earned myself." He certainly made sure she was well taken care of.
17 She Has A Trust Fund She Receives Monthly
When we say that her father took care of her after his death, we mean that she inherited a trust fund. To say that Kurt Cobain was a successful artist would be an understatement and he made a lot of money. She receives $100,000 a month from her father’s estate and has an estimated net worth of $11.2 million.
"The one way that I was shown how to live was to live in excess, like, live beyond your means," she said, as MSN reports. "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."
16 Frances Struggled With The Same Things Her Father Did
She’s struggled with addiction just like her mother has and it may have had a lot to do with growing up in her parents' epic shadows. She also experienced depression and dark thoughts just like her father did. She says there is a lot of pressure on her because of her rocker parents.
She may have experienced similar things as her parents but she’s a different person, especially compared to her mother. “Her antics are sort of louder than mine,” Cobain explained, as Too Fab reports.
She’s trying to get used to a world in which celebrity children are competing with the fame their parents left behind.
15 Courtney Says: Her Daughter Is Stronger Than We Think
Courtney and Frances have had their ups and downs over the years and haven’t had the best relationship. They have mended their relationship and Courtney has noticed the need that Frances has for her privacy. She’s so private, in fact, that she has been considered to be a recluse.
"I respect how reclusive she is. She's very tasteful," Love said to ABC News. "You know, she's Frances Bean. A lot is expected of her, and she handles it so well. She's a very strong girl."
She’s certainly someone that has been through a lot and you can’t blame her for not wanting to be in the spotlight.
14 Frances Was Put Into Therapy Prior To Being Told About Her Dad
Frances Bean was just a baby when her father took his own life so she really didn’t know him at all. Her mother, for obvious reasons, didn’t tell her right away about how her father died. Instead, she put her in therapy at four years old for a year to prepare her for the news.
The goal was “so that I could be eased into that conversation,” according to W Magazine. That was probably the best thing that Courtney could have done for her daughter, making sure that she was used to therapy before given horrible news. "I wasn't told my dad committed suicide until the age of 5, so my mom preemptively sent me to therapy a year before telling me so I could be eased into that conversation," Frances said.
13 Being The Child Of A Celebrity Isn’t Easy
During her interview with W Magazine, Frances told them that being the child of a celebrity wasn’t easy and that she dubbed herself “OG Blue Ivy” because of it. She said that she got through it by connecting with other children with celebrity parents because they would understand what she was going through. She is connected to Sean Lennon, the son of Yoko Ono and John Lennon.
"He's probably one of the only people on the planet who understands in close detail what I've gone through," she said, adding, "So I have been careful about where I go and who I hang out with because if you tell someone the wrong thing, then it's everywhere."
12 She Worked For Rolling Stone For Years
Who better to work for Rolling Stone magazine? A few years ago Frances worked for the magazine throughout the summer. She interned at the New York office and she was “a 15-year-old Goth kid, so stoked,” she recalled with a laugh during a recent interview for the cover story in the magazine itself.
While she worked there, she provided research assistance on a cover for the Jonas Brothers. At the time she also worked in a cubicle that was across from a wall that had a giant poster of her father. “Yeah,” Frances said with a grin and mock exasperation, “looking at my dad every day.”
11 She Doesn’t Like Nirvana’s Music That Much
You might think that the daughter of a legend would worship his music just as much as his fans, but Frances has very different taste in music and she’s not a big fan of Nirvana’s music.
During a Rolling Stone interview, she said, “I don’t really like Nirvana that much [grins]. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre [laughs]. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in. But... 'Dumb' [on In Utero] – I cry every time I hear that song. It’s a stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself... feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation.”
10 Frances’ Ex-Husband Has Issues With Her Mom
It’s pretty safe to say that Frances’ ex-husband Isaiah Silva does not like Courtney Love at all. He’s actually gone through with a lawsuit against Love, and her business manager Sam Lutfi as well as the 13 Reasons Why actor Ross Butler. He's said that there was a conspiracy against him. Now that's pretty intense!
The papers filed and reported by The Spin read more like an action movie: “Within minutes, an LAPD helicopter was overhead and police cars rushed to the area.” No arrests were made, it continues, because Lutfi “warned Silva that he, Love, and Cobain owned the judicial system, the LAPD, and the media, so no one would believe Silva.”
9 Hollywood Is Filled With The Worst People That Frances Has Ever Met
We can all attest to the fact that we have seen a lot of good things come out of Hollywood as well as a lot of bad things. It’s an industry that can give you your dreams and it can also take everything away from you. Frances has seen her fair share of horrible people in the industry.
“It’s hard to submit yourself into that world because it’s so pretentious and (…). It’s filled to the brim with the worst people I’ve ever met,” she told W. “But when you weed out certain types of people and certain people that want to utilize where they’re from as a means to justify their own (…), then you can find really beautiful people.”
8 She Might Be Fashion's New IT Girl
You might be surprised to learn that Frances Bean has been modeling with big names like Marc Jacobs. She started in 2017 with Jacobs and stated that it was not something she was completely comfortable with.
“I don’t think I’ll be modeling for anybody else for a very long time—this is 100 percent outside my comfort zone,” she told Vogue. “I wouldn’t have done it with anyone other than Marc. I don’t model unless I think the project is cool, and I don’t put my name behind something that I don’t genuinely believe in.”
7 She’s Best Friends With Carrie Fisher’s Daughter
One person that Frances is particularly close to is Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd who completely understands what it’s like to have a famous parent. “Me and her kind of looked at each other and were like, Your mom’s crazy? Your mom’s crazy? Let’s be friends,” she said on RuPaul and Michelle Visage’s podcast.
Her friendships with Sean Lennon and Lourd have helped her transition through childhood. Sean and Cobain “have a kind of soul connectivity” because of their similar family traumas, she has said.
6 Courtney Says: The Two Have Struggled To Have A Relationship
Frances and her mother have struggled over the years to have a friendship because of the turbulent life that Courtney has lived. Immediately after Frances was born, she was taken from her mother because the environment was considered an unsuitable home life for a newborn. She was raised by her grandparents for a time until she was reunited with her mother again later in life.
Now that Frances is an adult the two seem to be much closer and can spend time with each other. "We watched 'Orange Is the New Black' last night for hours. I was the big spoon and she was the little spoon," Love told ABC News. "We were talking about the plot line and acting and everything. We just [sat] in bed and watched TV."
5 People Look At Her Like They Are Seeing A Ghost
It must be weird to constantly be compared to a parent you not only didn’t know but who passed away while you were very young. Frances was only a year old when Kurt died. She told W Magazine that when she talks to her father’s old friends it sometimes feels as if they think they are looking at a ghost. She said,
“It’s very weird how genes are. Dave [Grohl], Krist [Novoselic] and Pat [Smear] came over to a house where I was living. It was the first time [the ex-Nirvana members] had been together in a long time. And they had what I call the 'K. C. Jeebies,' which is when they see me, they see Kurt. They look at me, and you can see they’re looking at a ghost. They were all getting the K. C. Jeebies hardcore. Dave said, ‘She is so much like Kurt.’”
4 She Was The Executive Producer On A Movie About Her Dad
Frances was the executive producer for an HBO documentary on the life of her father. It was called Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and being part of bringing his story together meant a lot to her. She said, as Hollywood Reporter states,
“It’s the closest thing to having Kurt tell his own story in his own words – by his own aesthetic, his own perception of the world. It paints a portrait of a man attempting to cope with being a human. When Brett and I first met, I was very specific about what I wanted to see, how I wanted Kurt to be represented. I told him, ‘I don’t want the mythology of Kurt or the romanticism.’”
3 She Is An Accomplished Painter
Frances is a painter and quite a good one! She had the opportunity to showcase her art last year when she was involved with Other People's Children, a space showcasing art and design by emerging artists with some of the proceeds going to Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for gun control.
Her painting in the show, featuring a small, angel-like character, was inspired by a tattoo that Courtney has. “It’s supposed to be her interpretation of what she thinks [I looked] like when I was in her [womb], and it’s [freaky],” she explained, as Enstars reports. “I tried to reimagine it from the perspective of imagining what I think she thought I would have looked like in the womb. It’s a weird train of thought, but I tried to think from her perspective.”
2 She’s Been Inspired By Strong Women In Her Life
She’s certainly struggled in her life with losing her father and struggling with a relationship with her mother but that doesn’t mean that Frances wasn’t surrounded by people that looked out for her. She told Celebretainment,
“I had a lot of strong women around my whole life who were survivors. My grandma survived breast cancer twice and the death of her child and the death of her brother, and, you know, just a lot of tragedy, and she's still the happiest person I've ever met.”
It’s great that she has these women that she can look up to when going through tough times herself.
1 She Doesn’t Want To Be Compared To Her Parents
It can be hard to be a child of a celebrity because you are often compared to that person for your entire life. Celebrity children have been disliked because they didn’t accomplish the things that their parents did. Frances has always stated that she wants her own life, she doesn’t want to be known as Kurt Cobain’s daughter.
That wouldn’t be fun for anyone and she’s certainly making her own mark in the world, telling People, “I'm a different person. I don't want to be titled as Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's daughter. I want to be thought of as Frances Cobain.”
Sources: Vogue, W Magazine, Rolling Stone, ABC News, Hollywood Reporter, People