There is certainly cause for celebration today, as Frances Bean Cobain — the only child of Courtney Love and late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain — turns 18 years old. It has been a tumultuous journey to today, as she has constantly been at the center of a storm of controversy since she was still in utero.
Born in 1992 at the height of Nirvana's popularity, Frances Bean was named after Frances McKee (guitarist for Scottish indie rockers and Cobain favorites the Vaselines, who wrote "Molly's Lips" and "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam," both of which were covered by Nirvana) and the fact that Kurt thought his daughter looked like a kidney bean on an ultrasound. Because of an investigation by child services over the accusation that both Cobain and Love were drug abusers, Frances was removed from her parents' custody shortly after she was born, and even after the parents regained custody, they had to be monitored. Chaos continued following her father's death (just a few months shy of her second birthday) and the ongoing complications between her mother and herself over custody and the Nirvana estate.
But for a girl who has survived what she has, Frances Bean Cobain is incredibly well-adjusted. She'll be beginning college soon and has show interests in journalism (she interned at Rolling Stone for a while) and art (she recently had her first art show at a gallery in Los Angeles). Whatever she decides to pursue, it's clear she has already figured out a lot about how to navigate the universe. And though she's only done a handful of interviews in her lifetime, she was an early MTV veteran. Kurt brought her out for an interview at the 1992 Video Music Awards when she was just shy of two months old.