Courtney Love talked about the rough period she and Kurt Cobain went through back in 1992, caused by an article published by Vanity Fair.
As you may or may not know, the magazine printed a cover story written by Lynn Hirschberg titled “Strange Love,” which painted the couple in an unflattering light, suggesting that Love had been addicted to heroin during her pregnancy.
The story ultimately resulted in an investigation from the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, which took away the couple’s custody of their newborn daughter Frances and temporarily awarded it to Courtney’s sister Jaimee.
Courtney later stated that the article had serious implications for her marriage and Kurt’s mental state, even suggesting it was a factor in his suicide in 1994.
In a new interview with GQ, Love said:
“[Nirvana] started to dissipate with the whole ‘Kurt and Courtney’ post-Vanity Fair phenomenon, which really affected me, Kurt and Frances.
“Kurt became more reclusive [after] and didn’t rehearse as much and talked about ending the band, which was just Kurt being reactive.
“Dave [Grohl] split for a while to skate with his old DC friends in LA and the Valley because me and Kurt’s life turned into a clusterfuck of scary lawyers, doctors for his stomach, some drugs. We weren’t watching Nirvana or Hole’s fates. We had to save our kid.
“I think Dave was sensitive to that and just took a break. Dave and Krist [Novoselic] knew the inner workings of Kurt and never pointed fingers at me, which I am grateful for.
“There’s this myth that Kurt didn’t want success. That is such bullshit. He worked his ass off to form the right band. Kurt loved that they had made it and moved [Michael] Jackson off the charts, but he never really got to enjoy it because the circus came to town to take our kid.
“I don’t think the band had a discord about success. Dave was welcoming of it, as was Kurt. Success is a nice warm bath of love from the outside world, but also one hell of a harsh teacher.”