Courtney Love isn’t the only one facing fallout from her latest round of troubles — her daughter is too. In an appearance on ABC’s “The View” Thursday morning, the singer said 11-year-old Frances Bean has been rejected from the school she wants to attend.
“That’s why I’m here. This is the first time she’s been stigmatized because of me,” Love told the show’s hosts. “And I just snapped. I’m ready to pop them.”
Love’s unlikely appearance on the program — which appeals to a mainstream, middle-American audience — seemed like a bid for respectability: She presented herself more as a mom concerned about her kid than as a rock star promoting an album. Then again, she did pretend to ride in on a broom — a wry witch-hunt reference.
Seeming more lucid than she did in recent appearances on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “The Howard Stern Show,” Love argued that her recent antics were the true reason why her daughter was rejected by the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles.
“They didn’t say it, but I can tell,” Love said. “I just know. They dissed her bad. And [Frances] called me, and she said, ‘Mother!’ Where did ‘Mother’ come from? It’s not ‘Mom’ anymore? And she said, ‘I’m outraged!’ She tore up the rejection slip, and she put it in her dog’s bowl.”
Love blamed herself, she said, because she’s been acting like a “rock star.” She said she accepted repercussions for herself but she didn’t expect her daughter to be affected (see “Courtney Love Fighting For Custody Of Daughter Frances Bean” ).
“I’m a smartass, and it’s gotten me into a lot of trouble,” Love said. “I curse like a sailor, I show my boobs, and I smoke like hell.” Then, turning to “View” co-host Joy Behar, Love said, “I could do your job. I’m fine, but I read in People magazine that I have a week to live. I’m healthy as a horse, I’m going to live to be 140. I’m not on drugs, so I must be crazy, you know?”
“View” co-host Star Jones then asked Love if she thought she needed to adjust her behavior to change her image and eventually win back custody of Frances. “If I need to dye my hair brown and come on this show every morning, then yeah, I’ll do it,” Love said. “My kid is my first priority.”
But as soon as Love conceded that she might have to change, she quickly went on the defensive. She said the flack she received from her appearance on Letterman and a now-notorious incident at a Wendy’s soon afterward — where a young man was photographed being very friendly with the exposed singer — was unfair. She said her Letterman flash was a statement about the Janet Jackson Super Bowl uproar, and that the Wendy’s incident wasn’t her fault: “I didn’t lift my shirt up, the boy did.”
Love noted that male rock stars such as Marilyn Manson and Flea are well-known for flashing their private parts and receive comparatively little criticism; she also pointed out that the “Letterman” appearance took place late at night.
She said she had played the role of at-home mom for five years, “which is suicide for a rock star, and I don’t mean that literally.” (see “Courtney: Being A Rock-Star Single Mom Makes Me A Target” ). Love also said she’s not an out-of-control mother, but in fact just the opposite. “I am not the cool mom on the block,” she said. “I am the disciplined mom on the block. I am not the buddy. I am the boss of her.”
Most of all, Love said she regrets — and resents — her most recent arrest (see “Courtney Love Arrested After Allegedly Striking Fan With Mic Stand” ).
The “View” appearance coincided with the damage control Love has been doing on her musical career. Recently, she phoned radio stations in an effort to get them to play “Hold on to Me,” the second single from her recent album, America’s Sweetheart. The song was the week’s most-added track on alternative rock stations, according to Radio & Records.