Frances Bean Cobain Sparks Addiction Concerns Over Social Media Posts

By McCarton Ackerman 01/31/14

Despite declaring in the past that her mother's addiction caused her pain, Cobain appears to be headed down the same path.

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Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of former grunge power couple Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, has sparked concerns that she could be heading down the same path of addiction as her parents. The 21-year-old declares herself a “goth wino” on her Twitter account and recently made numerous references to drinking and drug use on her social media pages, tweeting that she was “sooo hungover” and also posting a photo of herself with the caption, “Pipe and a crepe? Bong and a blintz?”

“It’s frightening,” said one source. “It might be normal behavior for a 21-year-old with her history, but it could be the start of a nightmare.”

Frances Bean made headlines in 2012 for declaring that Love’s drug addiction led to the death of her two pets. A 2012 ebook from The Fix called Courtney Comes Clean detailed court depositions from 2009, in which Frances Bean claimed her dog died after swallowing some of Love’s sleeping pills. “[Love] has taken drugs for as long as I can remember,” she said. “She basically exists now on … Xanax, Adderall, Sonata and Abilify, sugar and cigarettes. She rarely eats … She often falls asleep in her bed while she is smoking, and I am constantly worried that she will start a fire (which she has done at least three times) that will threaten our lives.”

Meanwhile, Love maintains that she has now been sober for several years. “I'm fabulous. I have a few character defects, but I'm not dishonorable and I'm not a liar. I have a good heart,” she said.  "I've never claimed to be anyone's role model. I'm not Mother Theresa. All I'm trying to do is stay alive."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.