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Frances Bean Cobain

Frances Bean Cobain (born August 18, 1992) is the only child of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole frontwoman Courtney Love. Cobain controls the publicity rights to her father's name and image.[3]

Frances Bean Cobain
Frances Bean Cobain

(1992-08-18) August 18, 1992 (age 27)
Other namesFiddle Tim[1]
  • Visual artist
  • model
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Isaiah Silva
(m. 2014; div. 2017)

Early lifeEdit

Frances Cobain was born on August 18, 1992, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.[4] She was named after Frances McKee, the guitarist for the Scottish indie pop duo The Vaselines.[5][6][7]

Before Cobain's birth, there were rumors suggesting that her mother used heroin during the pregnancy. This scandal intensified when Vanity Fair published Lynn Hirschberg's article "Strange Love", which alleged that Love admitted to using heroin even after learning of her pregnancy. Love and Kurt Cobain maintained that Vanity Fair took her words out of context.[8] Eventually, child welfare services launched an investigation into their parenting abilities.[9] The investigation was eventually dismissed, but not without a significant amount of legal wrangling and Frances being removed from her parents' custody for a short time, beginning when she was two weeks old.[9] After a lengthy legal battle, her parents were able to regain custody of their daughter.[citation needed] They employed several nannies over the next two years to help them care for her.[citation needed]

On April 1, 1994, Frances visited her father at the Exodus Recovery Center, a rehab center in Marina Del Rey, California, where they played together. This was the last time she saw her father alive.[10] On the morning of April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle.[11] A final ceremony was arranged for him by his mother on May 31, 1999, attended by both Love and Tracy Marander.[12] Frances was subsequently raised by her mother, aunts, and paternal grandmother.[13] She spent her early years in Seattle and Los Angeles, and was placed in her grandmother's care for a time after her mother's drug-related arrest in October 2003. Hours after the arrest, Love overdosed on painkillers. Love regained custody of Frances in 2005.[14]

During her young adulthood, Frances Cobain attended Bard College, where she studied art.[15]

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe and actress Drew Barrymore are her godfather and godmother.[16]



In August 2006, she was photographed for Elle magazine in her father's famous brown cardigan and pajama pants as part of an article featuring children of rock stars in their parents' clothing. She explained, "I wore his pajamas because he got married in them to my mom in 1992 in Hawaii so I thought they would be cute if I wore them today. He was too lazy to put on a tux so he got married in pajamas!" In February 2008, she appeared in a photo spread for Harper's Bazaar dressed as Evita.[17] Cobain modeled for Hedi Slimane for a web photo series released August 2, 2011. In 2017, she was announced as the face of Marc Jacobs's Spring/Summer 2017 campaign, shot by David Sims.[18][19][20]


In July 2010, Cobain debuted a collection of artwork titled Scumfuck under the pseudonym "Fiddle Tim" at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.[21][22][23] On August 4, 2012, she participated in the group show 'MiXTAPE' under her real name. Artists were asked to pick a song and create art inspired by that song. Cobain chose the song "Black" by The Jesus and Mary Chain. The eclectic mix of songs chosen were featured for digital download on iTunes.[24][25][26] Opening on June 7, 2017 through June 30, Cobain and artist Lindsey Way held a joint art exhibition titled "Ghosts For Sale" at Gallery 30 South in Pasadena.[27]

Other venturesEdit

According to Rolling Stone magazine, the title and cover photograph for the 2005 Nirvana rarities album Sliver: The Best of the Box were chosen by 13-year old Cobain.[28] Cobain worked as an intern for Rolling Stone magazine from June to August 2008.[29] In 2009, it was reported that Cobain had turned down the role of Alice in Tim Burton's film Alice in Wonderland.[30]

Cobain appeared as a guest vocalist on the song "My Space" from the album Evelyn Evelyn by Evelyn Evelyn, which was released on March 30, 2010.[31] Amanda Palmer from Evelyn clarified that Cobain was one of some 20 artists who sang the same line and whose voices were mixed together in the recording.[32] Cobain was also an executive producer on the HBO movie about her father's life, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

In September 2005, 13-year-old Cobain gave her first interview, to Teen Vogue, in which she discussed her personal style and mentioned her parents.[34] Another appeared in the January 2006 issue of i-D, in which she lamented tabloid portrayals of her mother: "When you see a lot of lies about her in the tabloids ... it can be hurtful."[35] She also gave an interview in 2010 about her art as "Fiddle Tim".[citation needed]

On December 11, 2009, a California Superior Court in Los Angeles appointed Wendy O'Connor, her paternal grandmother, and Kimberly Cobain, her father's sister, as Cobain's temporary co-guardians.[36] On December 16, 2009, a judge had issued a related temporary restraining order prohibiting Love from having any direct or indirect contact with her daughter.[37] The papers were filed under the heading "motion to seal all documents... relating to a minor and allegations of domestic violence". Among those documents are Frances Cobain's medical records, according to the filing.[38]

On August 18, 2010, Cobain inherited 37% of her late father's estate.[39] Cobain, not Love, now controls the publicity rights to her father's name and image.[3] In 2011, Cobain bought her first home, a $1.8 million Spanish-style villa in West Hollywood, a few blocks from Sunset Strip.[40]

Cobain has said she is not a fan of Nirvana or other grunge bands, instead preferring their contemporaries Oasis, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Mercury Rev, but she has said she likes the songs "Territorial Pissings" and "Dumb".[41]

Cobain and musician Isaiah Silva married on June 29, 2014,[42][43] though the wedding date was widely misreported as around September 2015.[44][45] By March 23, 2016, Cobain had filed for divorce.[46][42][43] By November 30, 2017, the couple had divorced.[47]


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  2. ^ Colin Stutz (March 23, 2016). "Frances Bean Cobain Files for Divorce: Report". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Uu (May 2, 2012). "Courtney Love Lost Rights to Kurt Cobain's Image, Frances Bean in Control - Spinner Canada".
  4. ^ Cross, Charles R. Heavier Than Heaven, Hyperion, 2001. ISBN 0-7868-6505-9 p. 246.
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  6. ^ Tricia Friesen. "Grunge icon remembered". Archived from the original on September 12, 2015.
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  8. ^ "Courtney Love". Behind the Music. June 21, 2010. VH1 network.
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  10. ^ Charles R. Cross, Heavier Than Heaven. Hyperion, 2001
  11. ^ "The Mourning After", Entertainment Weekly, 29 April 1994.
  12. ^ Brodeur, Nicole (January 5, 2006). "Sad reminder of Kurt Cobain's legacy". Seattle Times. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  13. ^ Courtney Love has lost custody of her child three times."Frances Bean Cobain Has Steered Clear Of Her Parents' Spotlight", MTV, 18 December 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  14. ^ "Courtney Love Regains Custody Of Frances Bean Cobain". MTV News. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  15. ^ "Kurt Cobain's Daughter, Frances Bean Cobain: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". April 5, 2015.
  16. ^ Kaufman, Gil (September 23, 2011). "Nirvana Heiress Frances Bean Cobain: About A Girl". MTV. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  17. ^ Riedel, Jeff. "Frances Bean Cobain". Harpers Bazaar. Hearst Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on August 12, 2013.
  18. ^ Nikki, Darlene (August 10, 2011). "New pictures of Frances Bean Cobain". Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  19. ^ Grunge Grrrl Frances Bean Cobain Grew Up Archived January 6, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  20. ^ Hedi Slimane Diary. Archived June 5, 2018, at the Wayback Machine 2011-08-02.
  21. ^ La Luz de Jesus Gallery Archived May 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Los Angeles, California.
  22. ^ Kamens, Laurie (December 24, 2010). "Frances Bean Cobain Assumes Pseudonym, Debuts Artwork".
  23. ^ Pattiz, Rebecca. "Frances Bean Cobain: No Apologies". Archived from the original on October 25, 2011.
  24. ^ Miller, Bridgette.Frances Bean Cobain & More Create Art That Rocks for MiXTAPE LA Bust (magazine) August 02, 2012
  25. ^ LA MIXTAPE: AS A GESTURE OF LOVE L.A. Record August 3rd, 2012
  26. ^ Duran, Amy.[1] IN L.A.: LA MIXTAPE @ LEBASSE PROJECTS CHINA TOWN juxtapoz magazine Monday August 20, 2012
  27. ^ "Lindsey Way & Frances Bean Cobain: Ghosts for Sale". Gallery 30 South. June 6, 2017. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  28. ^ "Unreleased Nirvana Due". Rolling Stone. November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  29. ^ Published 7/21/08. "Frances Cobain is a summer intern at Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on March 30, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  30. ^ Published 9/6/09. "Frances Bean Cobain "Alice In Wonderland" Snub". Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  31. ^ "Kurt Cobain's Daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, makes singing debut Archived December 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine" February 6, 2010.
  32. ^ Palmer, Amanda. "The Story Behind 'Evelyn Evelyn' Archived July 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine", Amanda Palmer Blog. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
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  37. ^ "Court to Courtney: Stay Away From Frances", Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  38. ^ Fleeman, Mike (December 23, 2009). "Did Courtney Love's Daughter Face Domestic Violence?". People. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  39. ^ Uhl, Carey (May 13, 2012). "Documents Show Courtney Love Lost The Rights to Kurt Cobain's Image and Likeness to His Daughter Frances Bean Cobain | News".
  40. ^ Rolph, Amy (August 18, 2010). "Frances Bean Cobain buys LA mansion with Nirvana money". Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  41. ^ Fricke, David (April 8, 2015). "Frances Bean Cobain on Life After Kurt's Death: Exclusive". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  42. ^ a b Kile, Meredith B. (March 23, 2016). "Frances Bean Cobain Files for Divorce After Less than Two Years of Marriage". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  43. ^ a b Stark, George (March 23, 2016). "Frances Bean Cobain Files for Divorce from Husband Isaiah Silva After 21 Months of Marriage, Seeks to Protect $450 Million Fortune". People. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  44. ^ "Frances Bean Cobain Secretly Marries Boyfriend Isaiah Silva Without Telling Mom Courtney Love". E!. September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  45. ^ "Frances Bean Cobain secretly weds?". - Xposé Entertainment. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  46. ^ Holmes, Linda. "'Booksmart' Is A Wise And Warm Summer Comedy". 2019 NPR. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  47. ^ Frances Bean Cobain Is Finally Divorced, Say Reports - Radio X

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