Frances Bean Cobain Reveals She's Two Years Sober

By Victoria Kim 02/15/18

Cobain decided to open up about her decision to be sober in the hopes that it could be helpful to other people.

Frances Bean Cobain

In a raw and heartfelt Instagram post, Frances Bean Cobain disclosed her decision to live a sober lifestyle, two years in.

The daughter of Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain, now 25 years old, shared the news while on a trip to Hawaii. “I thought I would start this post by using a pure moment in Oahu amongst nature, with my love,” she wrote. “This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018. It feels significant here, now because it’s my 2nd sober birthday.”

She continued: “It’s an interesting and kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate in a public forum. The fact that I’m sober isn’t really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately. But I think it’s more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing.”

The visual artist and model said that going public is worth it if it means she’ll have helped others. “I want to have the capacity to recognize & observe that my journey might be informative, even helpful to other people who are going through something similar or different,” she wrote. “It’s an everyday battle to be in attendance for all the painful, [bizarre], uncomfortable, tragic, fucked up things that have ever happened or will ever happen.”

Frances Bean’s decision is a departure from the experience of her grunge icon parents, who both had a history of drug abuse. Kurt Cobain, of Nirvana, died by suicide in 1994 and was reported to have had “a high concentration” of heroin and traces of Valium in his system, according to Rolling Stone.

Her mother, Courtney Love, the singer-guitarist frontwoman for Hole, said in a two-part interview with The Fix from 2011 that she’s been unable to shake her “addict” reputation. “I’ve been maligned as this drug freak for years, and I’m getting tired of it. That’s not the way I live anymore,” said Love, who was 46 at the time. “I’ve worked really hard to get myself together, but for some reason I’ve remained a punchline.”

Love said she doesn’t adhere to strict abstinence, but is still able to maintain her recovery. “It’s complicated… I mean, abstinence is a nice idea but I don’t know if it’s right for everyone. Especially for someone who was nursed on a steady diet of Valium and Ritalin from the time I was eight, thanks to my fine mother.”

It was when she discovered that she was pregnant with Frances Bean that she got herself together. “When my doctor informed me I was having a baby, I knew I had to get clean real quick. I checked in to a hospital to detox,” she told The Fix.

Now an adult, Frances Bean chose a different path, on which she is “constantly evolving.”

“Self-destruction and toxic consumption and deliverance from pain is a lot easier to adhere to,” she continued in her post. “Undeniably, for myself and those around me becoming present is the best decision I have ever made.”   

“Life does get better, if you want it to. I’ll never claim I know something other people don’t. I only know what works for me and seeking to escape my life no longer works for me.”

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