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Where is Kurt Cobain’s Daughter Now?

Where is Kurt Cobain’s Daughter Now?
Frances Bean Cobain. Photo Courtesy of Wikicommons.

Frances Bean Cobain is the only child of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole’s Courtney Love. She was only a year and a half old when her father was found dead in his Seattle home. 

Kurt Cobain’s daughter would go on to make a life for herself through modeling, art, and other ventures.

Despite all of this, she controls the publicity rights to her father’s estate. 

So what is Kurt Cobain’s daughter doing now that she’s all grown up?

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The Child of a Rockstar

The Los Angeles native was born on August 18, 1992, when Cobain was peaking with Nirvana.

The grunge-singer didn’t let a child get in the way of his career and included her in the band’s history. 

In Nirvana’s 1992 single “Lithium,” Cobain’s sonogram photo was featured on the single’s sleeve. 

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Eventually, child welfare services had to intervene due to a misunderstanding between Vanity Fair and Courtney Love. 

The magazine published an article alleging that Love admitted to using heroin even after learning of her pregnancy.

A few months later, Frances would visit her father for the last time at the Exodus Recovery Center. 

On April 5, 1994, Cobain would take his own life at his Seattle home, and Frances would be raised by his mother, aunts, and paternal grandparents. 

Growing Up without Kurt

After a rocky childhood, Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean would split her time between Seattle and Los Angeles. 

She would be placed in her grandmother’s care after her mother’s drug-related arrest in October 2003, including a drug overdose on painkillers. 

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Love regained custody of Frances in 2005, the same year she gave her first interview to Teen Vogue to discuss her personal life and parents. 

By 2010, Cobain inherited more than 1/3 (37%) of her late father’s estate, earning her about $95,496 a month from royalties by late 2016. 

Around that time, her net worth was estimated to be around $11.3 million, while her father’s estate was valued at $450 million in 2014. 

Cobain married musician Isaiah Silva from The Eeries on June 29, 2014, before officially divorcing in late-2017. 

Frances is also the goddaughter of Drew Barrymore and R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe. 

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Professional Career without Rock

In an attempt to escape the rock star lifestyle she was born in, Frances took on modeling, art, and other ventures. 

She started with modeling in 2006, when she was photographed for Elle UK in her father’s famous brown cardigan and pajama pants. 

She would continue to model occasionally throughout her life. In 2017, she was announced as the face of Marc Jacobs’s Spring/Summer campaign for that year.

Frances would also dabble in art, starting in 2010 with a collection of artwork titled “Scumfuck” under the pseudonym “Fiddle Tim.” 

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She wouldn’t start using her real name until two years later.   

Most recently, Cobain and artist Lindsey Way held a joint art exhibition in 2017 titled “Ghosts For Sale.”

Other ventures include interning for Rolling Stone magazine in 2008.

In 2010, Cobain reportedly turned down the role of Alice in Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland.

In 2019, she appeared as a special guest judge in one episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars season 4.

Remembering her Father

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More recently, Cobain has been more involved with her late father’s life and how it’s being remembered. 

In 2018, Frances, along with Kurt’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, attended the opening of ‘Growing up Kurt Cobain’ at the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland. 

Frances was an executive producer on the HBO movie Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Since the pandemic started, Frances has kept a quiet life while living in Los Angeles. 

Cobain still talks to magazines and podcasts about his personal life and her father’s legacy.

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