Frances Bean Cobain Says She’s Not Afraid of Death Because of Dad Kurt
Frances Bean Cobain suggested the death of her father, Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain, had taught her not to fear dying.
Kurt died in 1994, when Frances was 18 months old, and she has no living memories of him.
“Man! I feel like an 108-year-old monk sometimes,” she told the Irish Independent in a new interview. “I feel that often times I connect deeply with people with old souls. This is my 150th time in the human experience! I’m not doing it again, though. I feel like I have a deep spiritual understanding that most people probably don’t.”
Asked where that feeling came from, Frances replied, “It probably has something to do with an early onset exposure to death, and being very accepting of that. I’m not fearful of that at all. ... I’ve always been accepting of death. When I had animals when I was little, I would get very sad, but I always understood that it was a very natural part of life. And in a way I am sort of grateful for it, because recently I had to put my dog down.”
She said her boyfriend at the time had a “very emotional attachment” to the pet. “He took it a lot harder than I did, because I recognize that it was a natural thing, and he was suffering and holding on to his pain was selfish," she said. "And I recognized in my ex-boyfriend that he was having a harder time than I was, even though it wasn’t his dog. It was my dog!”
Frances recently discussed her relationship with Kurt’s legacy, but in the new interview she stated that she had no intention of reading his journals, which her mother, Courtney Love, published in 2002.
“I am really regretful that my mom put those out there,” she said. “I know it was her way of trying to contribute his personal thoughts and I know that people really want to know that. I can’t imagine being dead and having people know my intimate thoughts. … I don’t think it is merited especially since in his art he decided not to put out that thinking. It is a different thing to get to know him through his art, a deliberate public extension of himself."
She noted that as an artist "you sign an unspoken contract putting your art into the custody of everybody else. That’s the deal with being an artist. I really enjoy his art, but I find it is a lot harder to connect to his private journals. It feels like an invasion of privacy to me. And I don’t know if he would have wanted people reading all those personal, deep, dark thoughts.”