On Monday, news broke that [artist id="1165312"]Courtney Love[/artist] had lost legal guardianship of Frances Bean Cobain , her 17-year-old daughter with late Nirvana frontman [artist id="1277496"]Kurt Cobain[/artist]. It was decided that the teen would live with paternal grandmother Wendy O’Connor, and her father’s aunt, Kimberly Dawn Cobain.
Although no reason was given for the change in custody, Love’s lawyer noted that it had nothing to do with her past issues with substance abuse. “Courtney’s been clean for years and is perfectly fine,” Love’s attorney Keith A. Fink told People. “This is simply about Frances preferring to live with her grandmother at this time.”
The current custody ruling granted Cobain and O’Connor temporary guardianship until February, but it does not give them power over the trust established after Kurt Cobain’s death. “Frances is 17 and a strong-willed child, and this is a decision she made on her own,” Fink said. “No matter what, Courtney loves her daughter more than anything in the world.”
A lawyer for Frances Bean and the two guardians, Geraldine Wyle, wouldn’t further elaborate on the issue. “This is a private family matter,” she said.
After Love’s overdose and arrest on drug charges in 2003, Frances Bean was placed in her grandmother’s care. Love won back custody of her in 2005 .
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in 2006, Frances, then 15, spoke about the influence her grandmother has had on her life. “We’ve moved so much, and my life has been so inconsistent,” she said. “[She's] the most constant thing I’ve ever had. I’m really lucky because I’ve been able to go places and meet people you can only dream of, but she’s probably the person I respect most out of anybody in the world.”
Love also spoke about their relationship to the magazine. “Whatever you want to say about me, go look at my kid,” she said. “I don’t think any child has ever been more wanted. And I don’t think that any parents have wanted to f— up less.”