Frances Bean Cobain and Kurt Cobain never got the chance to know each other. When the Nirvana frontman took his life in 1994, his daughter was only two years old. Now, the younger Cobain is an adult, and is happily living the life of an artist. She has a big legacy to live up to, and she’s more than aware of her father’s impact on music and culture.
Cobain reminds the former Nirvana band members of her late father so much that she says she gives them the “K.C. Jeebies.” In addition to her mannerisms, Frances Bean’s artwork is also undoubtedly inspired by her father, and one writer described her 2010 collection “Scumf*ck” as "gritty and visceral (kind of like her dad’s [art]).”
While the senior Cobain's influence is evident, the grunge god’s daughter amounts to more than just her father’s legacy. To date, she's turned down two major roles in hit films, and has amassed a net worth that's impressive in its own right. There are a lot of things you didn't know about Frances Bean Cobain, and it's time for the world to recognize her unique identity as an artist.
She Lost Kurt Cobain's Guitar In A Divorce SettlementPhoto: Nirvana / Universal Music Group
After years dealing with a messy divorce, Frances Bean Cobain sadly lost her father's famous MTV Unplugged guitar in 2018 to her ex-husband. Cobain's ex, Isaiah Silva, claimed Cobain gifted him the guitar and he is the rightful owner. Cobain denied giving him the guitar, but was reportedly willing to relinquish ownership to speed up the divorce proceedings. Courtney Love has angrily denounced the ruling, claiming the guitar is a family heirloom her daughter never intended to permanently give away.
She Has A Tumultuous Relationship With Her MotherPhoto: Manfred Werner / Wikimedia Commons/CCO 1.0
Shortly after Cobain's birth, child welfare services launched an investigation into her mother's substance abuse. Cobain was temporarily removed from her parents' custody, but returned to them following a legal battle. Then, in 2003, Cobain was placed in the care of a guardian after her mother experienced further issues with substance abuse and mental health. Love regained custody two years later.
During a 2013 radio interview with Howard Stern, Love admitted that she had not seen her daughter in three years. Since then, there appears to have been some reconciliation between the mother and daughter. In 2015, Love told People the two were getting along better than ever.
Additionally, Frances Bean has featured several old and new pictures of her mother on her personal Instagram account.
Tim Burton Reportedly Wanted Her To Play Alice In 'Alice In Wonderland'
"Tim thought she would be perfect, but she wants to go to university. She's incredibly focused and sensible."
The part eventually went to Mia Wasikowska, and the movie went on to be a global box office smash that grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
She Also Has Really Famous GodparentsPhoto: David Shankbone / Wikimedia Commons/CC 3.0
Cobain has a couple of extremely famous godparents. Her godmother is Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore, and her godfather is former REM frontman Michael Stipe. Stipe served as a sort of mentor to Cobain's father, who praised REM for being able to handle the pressures of mainstream success. Just before the Nirvana frontman's passing, Stipe tried to arrange a project for them to work on together:
"I was doing that to try to save his life. The collaboration was me calling up as an excuse to reach out to this guy. He was in a really bad place... I constructed a project to try to snap Kurt out of a frame of mind. I sent him a plane ticket and a driver, and he tacked the plane ticket to the wall in the bedroom and the driver sat outside the house for 10 hours. Kurt wouldn't come out and wouldn't answer the phone."
The project never happened, and the resulting tragedy inspired Stipe to write the 1994 song "Let Me In," which appeared on REM's album Monster.