Frances Bean Cobain has finally opened up about her father Kurt Cobain — and it’s deep. In the new interview, she discusses what it’s like growing up without a dad and only refers to him as Kurt.
Frances Bean Cobain, 22, isn’t the typical celebrity child. Her father, rock legend Kurt Cobain, was the former star of the band Nirvana. In 1994 he killed himself when his daughter was just a toddler. Now, she’s opening up for the first time about what it’s been like to only know her father through music.
Kurt Cobain’s Daughter Frances Bean Speaks Out About Her Father
Frances is ready for the world to see the new HBO documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, in which she is the executive producer on. But first, she wanted to finally speak out about how Kurt’s passing has forever marked her. She even admitted to Rolling Stone that her particular taste in music doesn’t include her father’s band Nirvana.
“I don’t really like Nirvana that much,” Frances told Rolling Stone. “Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in. But “Territorial Pissings” is a f**king great song.”
But that’s not the only track she likes. Frances went on to say that her dad’s song “Dumb” actually brings her to tears. “I cry every time I hear that song. It’s a stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself – of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation.”
A snippet of the emotional lyrics are as followed:
I’m not like them
But I can pretend
The sun is gone
But I have a light
The day is done
And I’m having fun
I think I’m dumb
Maybe just happy
Frances also thinks her father sacrificed his life for his art. “The world demanded it of him. I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn’t want to be here and everyone would be happier without him.” So sad.
Frances Believed Her Father Was ‘Larger Than Life’
Just because she wasn’t a fan of her dad’s band, doesn’t mean she didn’t think he was extremely talented. Frances admitted that Kurt was truly “larger than life.”
“I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable. Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there’s my dad. He’s larger than life. And our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal.”
She went on to say, “If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible . . . But he wasn’t. He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt. He became even bigger after he died than he was when he was alive. You don’t think it could have gotten any bigger. But it did.”
The 22-year-old told Rolling Stone that “in reality, if he had lived, I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience.” How heartbreaking.
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