She sure put a lot of thought into this.
It’s been 21 years since Kurt Cobain‘s death, and for the very first time, his daughter Frances Bean Cobain is speaking publicly about her father.
Despite growing up in the spotlight, Frances, 22, has never really addressed the Nirvana frontman’s suicide… until now.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Frances, an artist herself, spoke bluntly about Kurt’s role as the voice of a generation, saying:
“Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because 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.
In reality, if he had lived, I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience.”
We can’t even imagine what it must be like to go through life grieving a musical legend whom you never really got to know as a parent.
And while she knows that Kurt gave his entire life to his craft, that doesn’t necessarily mean she has to enjoy all that he created:
“I don’t really like Nirvana that much. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in.”
That actually seems pretty fair to us.
Not only did she grow up in completely different time, she was raised without him to influence her musical taste hands on.
Still, she may not be his biggest fan, but she does know how iconic he was in life, and how he was even bigger after death:
“I would have felt more awkward if I’d been a fan. 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.
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.”
We really feel for Frances, especially because it sounds to us like she’s still holding onto some anger regarding her father’s suicide.
Although, it must be very therapeutic to finally speak out so candidly about her difficult childhood.
[Image via David LaChapelle/Rolling Stone.]