Frances Bean Cobain Explains Her Fan-Like Relationship to Kurt Cobain

By Andrew Magnotta

July 20, 2018

Frances Bean Cobain says she her relationship to her father, Kurt Cobain, who died before her second birthday, isn't that of a typical daughter and father. 

The younger Cobain says she never got to know her dad, and as a result, only knows about him based on stories from other people.

"My dynamic with him is probably more similar to a fan's dynamic, like this untouchable thing," Frances said at the opening of the Growing Up Kurt Cobain museum (via Alternative Nation) made up of the late-Nirvana frontman's personal effects. 

"All the information I have about him...it's second-hand, it's stories," she continued. "He is kind of unavoidable in my life. It's hard for me to walk down the street and not see a Nirvana shirt every single freaking day."

Frances, 26, says she's struggled over the years with how inescapable her father's legacy is. 

"He's around me every day of my life, whether I want him to be or not," she added. "I get to remember him whether I want to or not. It's powerful, because it humbles you, because it's so far-reaching."

Frustration comes out of how unpredictable the memories are, she said.

"Some days, I'll be at a coffee shop and I'll be having a time, having a moment and it'll come on, and I'll be like, 'I can't even...'"

Frances is a model and film producer, who has also shown an interest in songwriting. She's yet to announce whether she plans to record any music. 


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